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LETTERS 



THE ARGYLL FAMILY. 



EDINBURGH: PRINTED BY T. CONSTABLE, 
PRINTER TO HER MAJESTY. 



LETTERS 



TO 



THE ARGYLL FAMILY, 

FROM ELIZABETH QUEEN OF ENGLAND, MARY 

QUEEN OF SCOTS, KING JAMES VI, KING 

CHARLES I, KING CHARLES II, 

AND OTHERS. 



FROM ORIGINALS PRESERVED IN THE GENERAL REGISTER HOUSE. 



WITH AN APPENDIX. 



PRINTED AT EDINBURGH. 
M.DCCC.XXXIX. 



PRESENTED 



TO 



THE MAITLAND CLUB 



BY 



THE DUKE OF ARGYLL. 



THE MAITLAND CLUB. 

NOVEMBER, MJDCCC.XXXIX. 



THE RIGHT HONOURABLE 

THE EARL OF GLASGOW, 

PIIESIDENT. 

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF SUSSEX. 
HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF ARGYLL. 
JOHN BAIN, ESQ. 
ROBERT BELL, ESQ. 
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HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF BUCCLEUCH AND QUEENSBERRY. 
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THE MOST NOBLE THE MARQUESS OF BUTE. 
ALEXANDER CAMPBELL, ESQ. 

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!)() ADAM URQUHART, ESQ. 



TO THE MEMBERS OF THE MAITLAND CLUB. 

Gentlemen, 

I take the liberty of offering for your acceptance, 
some Letters addressed by different Sovereigns to several Members 
of the Argyll Family, from the year 1560, to the year 1652. 

These Letters have never (so far as I know) been printed, and 
I am indebted to the kindness of my friend, Mr. Alexander Mac- 
DoNALD, who collected them from the repositories of the Register 
OiRce, and, at my request, has had them lithographed and printed 
for the use of the Maitland Club. 

I liave the honour to be, 
Gentlemen, 

Your obedient Servant, 

ARGYLL. 

Edinburgh, January 20, 1840. 



CONTENTS. 



1. Obligation by Colin third Earl of Argyll, to Hugh tirs^t F.arl of 
Eglinton, 2b. Mail, 1520, . . . . . P. 1 

2. Discharge of Casualties by James Earl of Arran Regent, to Archibald 
fourth Earl of Argyll.— 5. Jul. 1553, .... 2 

3. Archibald fourth Earl of Argyll to Mary Queen Dowager of Scotland. 

— 12. Aug. 1554, ...... 2 

4>. Queen Elizabeth to Archibald fifth Earl of Argyll. — 4. Aug. 1560, 4 

5. Mary Queen of Scots to the Same. — 31. Mar. 156(), . . 5 

6. The Same to the Same.— 7. Jul. 1568, .... 6 

7. John Lord Herys to the Same. — 19. Aug. 1568, . . 7 

8. Mary Queen of Scots to the Same. — 27. Aug. 1568, . . 9 

9. The Same to the Same.— 31. Aug. 1568, ... 10 

10. The Same to the Same.— 28. Apr. 1569, . . . H 

11. John Earl of Mar Regent, to the Same. — 9. Sept. 1571, . 13 

12. The Earls of Montrose and Rothes, Patrick Lord Lindsay, and Robert 
Commendator of Dunfermling to Colin sixth Earl of Argyll. — 21. 
Aug. 1576, ....... 13 

13. Queen Elizabeth to the Same. — 28. Mail 1578. . . 16 

14. The Same to the Same.— 28. Feb. 1578, ... 17 
14.*King James VL to the Same.— 13. Maij 1579, . . 18 

15. The Same to the Same.— 18. Feb. 1580, ... 18 

16. The Same to the Same.— 2. Jul. 1582, ... 20 



xiv CONTENTS. 

17. The Same to the Same.— SO. Aug. 1582, . . . P. 21 

1 8. Esme first Duke of Lennox to the Same.— 20. Sept. 1582, . 22 

19. Queen EUzabeth to the Same.— 20. Jan. 1582, . . 24 

20. The Sieur de Mainville, Gentleman of the Bed-chamber to the King 

of France, to the Same.— 9. Apr. 1583, ... 26 

21. King Henry IV. of France to the Same.— 28. Maij 1583, . 27 

22. The Sieur de la Mothe Fenelon, Ambassador from the Court of 
France, to the Same. — 25. Jan. 1583, .... 28 

23. King James VI. to Arcliibald, seventh Earl of Argyll. — 21. Sept. 1588, 29 

24. Queen Elizabeth to the Same.— 23. Jid. 1595, . . 31 

25. King James VI. to the Same.— S. Feb. 1604 ? . . 32 

26. King James VI. to the Earl of Montrose, Chancellor. — 9. Feb. 1604, 34 

27. King James VI. to Sir Thomas Hamilton of Monkland, Knight, Ad- 
vocate. — 27. Dec. 1606, ..... 35 

28. King Charles I. to Arcbibald ]\Iarquis of Argyll.— Jun. 12, 1641. 36 

29. The Same to the Same.— 9. May, 1642, ... 37 

30. Anne of Austria, Queen Dowager of France, to the Same. — 8. Jul. 1 644, 38 

31 . King Charles I. to the Same.— 17. Nov. 1 646, . . 39 

32. The Same to the Same.— 4. Dec. 1646, ... 39 
.33. The Same to the Same.— 23. Dec. 1647, ... 40 

34. Henrietta Maria, Queen of Charles I. — 22. Jan. 1648. In cyphers, 41 
34.« King Charles II. to Archibald Marquis of Argyle.— 14. Oct. 1652, 43 

35. Orders by General Middleton to Arcliibald Lord Lorn. — Dated at 
Ludin Athol, Jul. 2. 1654, ..... 44 

36. Letter to his Majestie King Charles II. from luy Loi'd Lorn his 
friends.— 26. Jul. 1661, ..... 45 

37. Letter from the Earl of Argyll to his Son, on the day of his Execution. 

30. June, 1685, ...... 51 



CONTENTS. 



APPENDIX. 



1. Charter under the Great Seal by King James III. to Colin Earl of 
Argyll, of the keeping of the Castle of Dunoon in Cowall. — 18. .Ian. 
U72, . . . . . . . . P. .5.5 

2. Letter under the Privy Seal to Archibald Earl of Argyll, of the office 

of Keeper of the House of Tarbat. — 22. Aug. 1499, . . 56 

3. Commission to Archibald Earl of Argyll, of the office of Justice General 
within the bounds of the Lordship of the Isles. — 26. Apr. 1500, 57 

4. Letter under the Privy Seal to Archibald Earl of Argyll, of the office of 
Justice General, and Master of the Household. — 28. Oct. 1529, 57 

.5. Protection to Archibald Earl of Argyll and his friends, during his 
absence with King James ^'. in France, and imtil his retm-n. — 28. 
Aug. 1536, ....... .58 

6. Letter under the Privy Seal to Archibald Earl of Argyll, of the office 
of Principal Keeper of the Forest of JIammyllorne in Braidalbane. — 

30. Dec. 1541, . . . . . .58 

7. The Testament Dative and Inveutar of the Guidis, Geir, &c., perten- 

ing to Archibald Earl of Argyll. — Sept. 1 573, ... 59 

8. The Testament Testameutar and Inventar of the Guidis, Geir, &;c., 
pertening to umquhile Lord ColUn Erie of Argyll, &c.. Justice Gene- 
rail of Scotland, and Latter Will of the said Erie. — 5. Sept. 1584, (Jl 



xvi CONTENTS. 

9. Letter luider the Privy Seal by King James VI., ratifying the above 
Testament, &e.— 2. Oct. 1584-, . . . . P. 69 

10. The Testament Testameutar and Inventarof the Guidis, Geir, Sowmes 
of money, and Dettis pertening to umquhill Dame Jane Stewart, 
Countes of Argyle, relict of nmquhile Archibald Erie of Argyle, &c. 
&c.— 7. Jan. 1587, ...... 71 

11. The Testament Dative and Inventar of the Guidis, Geir, &c. perten- 
ing to umquhile Dame Annas Keyth, Countes of Argyle and Murray, 
relict of umquhile Coline Erie of Argyle. — 16. Jul. 1588, . 79 




THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 



1. Obligation by Colin third Earl of Argyll to Hugh first 
Earl of Eglinton. — 25 Maii, 1520. 

Be it keud till all men be thir prefent lettres me Colyng Erie of 
Argvile, That forfaymekle as ane noble and niychty lord Hew Erie 
of Eglentoune hes lent me in my neceffite tlie fowme of fourty 
pwndis gud ami vfual money of Scotland, To be bwnd and oblill 
and be tlie faitlit and trcuth in my body leilie and treiilie byndis 
and obliffis me my aieris executouris and affignais that I fall refvvnd 
and pay to the faid Hew Erie of Eglentoune his aieris executouris 
and affignais the faid foume of fourtie pwndis gud and vfual money 
of Scotland foirfaid betuix and the feft of the nativite of our Lady 
nextocum callit the fair of Steruelyng but fraud or gyil. In vitnes 
of the quhilk thyng to this my obligatioun fubfcrivit with my hand 
I have aflfixit my feile at Glafgw the tuenty fyif day of the moneth of 
Maij the yeir of Go<l ane thouland fyife hundreth and tuenty yeiris. 




2 THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 1553. 

2. DiscH.\RGE OF Casualties by James Eael of Arran, Regent, 
TO Archibald fourth Earl of Argyll. — Jul. 5, 1 553. 

Gubernator. 
We for plefuris done to ws be our cofiiig Archebald erll of Argyll 
lord Campbell and Lome promittis of the fyrll caufualitis that hap- 
pinnis to fall heirof hym to caufe affygne to hym the fowme of fex hun- 
dreyth merkis monye of this Realme and difcharge the famyn to hym 
be thir prelentis Subfcrivit with our hand At Falkland The fywe 
day of Julij Tlie ger of God I"' V and fyfty thre geris. 



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3. Archibald fourth Earl of Argyll to Mary Queen Dowager 
OF Scotland. — Aug. 12, 1554. 

Madame eftir maift hwmill commendatioun of my ferwice I refaiffit 
gour graces writing togiddir wyth articlis be the quhilk I vnder- 
ftand gour graces raynd and guid counfell fchewin vnto me for furtht 
letting of this Interprice and chairge committit be gour grace vnto me 
for fuppreffing of the Rebellis of the His : Off the quhilk counl'ell I 
thank gour grace gretunilie and fall God willing enploy my felff at 
my power for performyng of the fammyn And to that effect I am 
departit of Dunltaffage this founday the xij day of Auguft wyth my 
army forthwartth to Mwll quhair James M^Conill and M'Clane wyth 
ther haill folkis ar convenit and remanis vpone my cuming And 



1554. THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 3 

quhen we ar all conA*enit, tliane lall tak purpofe to pafs forthwartth 
vpone the faidis Rebellis and in all our progrefRs gour grace falbc 
aduerteift efterwartt : And becaiis it war our prolixt to writ unto 
gour grace all novellis and purpoffis concernyng this wiage I haif ex- 
ponit the fammyn at lentht to this berar my ferwitour to quhome it 
will plefe gour grace to gif credens. And forther committis gour 
grace vnto the preferwatioun of the lialy gaift. Off Dunftaiiage 
the xij day of Auguft 1554. 

Be gour grace hwmille and obedient ferwitour at power, 




Madame, James M'Conill is cumin to me and 
gevis me werray guid wordis and fais that he fall 
do trew ferwice vnto gour grace and to me at 
this tyme, and hes defyrit me to be eafy and guid 
to hym towartt the deliuering of his plege at 
this tyme he makand faithfull ferwice to gour 
grace. And A'poun that conditioun I haif promeift 
to follifl gour grace to be gracioufe and fauorable 
to hjm. I propofe to put hym to the preiff that his 
ferwice falbeknawin alwais. The capitane of Dun- 
bar wy th his hagbutteris come to me to Dunftaffage 
this fettcrday the xj dayofAuguftand departiswyth 
me and fall do my devoir for his Interteineyng. 

To THE QuENis Grace. 



4 THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 1560. 

4. Queen Elizabeth to Archibald fifth Earl of Argyll. — 
Aug. 4, 1560. 

ELIZABETH R. 

By the Queene. 

Right trufty and right welbelouid Coufin We greete you .... 

. . we haue leene your lettres to our Secretary S' Wyl . . . 

. knight with decLaration of the contynuance of your . . 

to the furderance of the weale of bothe tlie realmes [of 

England] and Scotlaude, which appeerith not onely by the laid . . 

. . . . but alfo by the lending of fuche lettres and mefl'ages 

hathe lately fent to you by a Ipeciall meflenger. . . 

. . . . your geale and conllancye towardis the maintenance . 
accorde of our Realme and that, and Ihall not for- 
get the good will it leeniithe ye beare towardis vs, 

trulling ye w . . . contynue therin, and for anfweare to Onelye, 

We haue our faide Secretary to write to you our 

opinion, and Jo yow to God. Gyven vnder ourjignett at 

our Caftett of the 4: of Angiijl the J'econd yere of our 

rei(])i 1560. 

to our right trusty and right 
welbeloued Cousin the Erle of 
Arguile. 



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1566. THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 5 

5. Mary Queen of Scots to Archibald fifth Earl of Argyll. 
—Mar. 31, 1566. 

Traift coufiiig We greit gou weill. We reflTauit gour letter quhilk we 
haue coufiderit, toiiart the Lord Boydis pardoun : The Hay of the 
expeditioun of it procedit onlie becaus the participatioun of the lait 
confpiracy and attemptat done in our prefens was not thairin fpe- 
cialie exceptit, quhilk ge knaw We alwayes myndit to except in 
geving of our remiffionis, And fa wes the eifeft of the commonyug 
had with gou at our commaudiment, quhilk we intend Godwilling 
fmceirlie to keip without ony alteratioun quhairof ge fall certanlie 
perfuade gour felfe. • And thairfoir, for gour caufe, and for the gude 
opinioun we haue of gour faithfull part towart ws, (quhairin we will 
not doubt,) the faid Lord Boydis remiffioun falhaue pafTaige and be na 
further ftayit, the participatioun of the laitt attemptat (as We haue 
faid) exceptit. And likuis as for the Lard of Gormok he falbe I'ett 
at libertie vnder fouirtie for his gude reull and reentre as the forme 
is ; bot the fouirteis ge knaw mon be Lawland men and not of the 
gretaft of oure nobilite, quhilkis ar not commonlie taken fouirties in 
fie caillis. Quhilk ordour for diuerfe confiderationis prefently We haue 
obferuit. And doubtis not l)ot ge fall wele allow the fame at our meting, 
quhilk we erneftlie wyflie mycht be fchortlie. And howfone the oc- 
cafioun will offer the felf we will not omit to haift the fame. Quhen 
Gormok is relevit lat him cum to Ergile and abyde with gow in gour 
cumpany quhill we be further avifit, for relTonable cauffis as ge will 
likuife knaw. In this meyntjTne We pray gou interteny familiaritie 
with Oneill in the beft maner ge can, quherof we thocht mete pre- 



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fi THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 1658. 

leutly thus far to aduertife gou, And heireftir ge will mair largelie 
vnderftand our mynd in tliat and all vtlicr behalffis. We neid pre- 
fentlie to wrait at na gretar lentb, fen lieirby Ave doubt not ge will 
perlaue our meanyns quhilk is and fall continew alwayes towartis 
gow lincere loving and A'pricht, as the ylTue of our proeedingis fall 
declair, God willing, to quhais prote6tioun We commit gou. At 
Edinburg tbe laft day of Merebe 1566. 

J Vat euer bis fayed bijur off my (fud nujud, and that ye fal perfaync, com- 
mand my to our hruder. 

^our richt (jadjiller, 

MARIE R. 

To OUR TRAIST COUSING THE ErLL OF ErGILE. 



6. Mary Queen of Scots to Archibald fifth Earl of Argyll 
—Jul. 7, 1 568. 

Derreft Coufing, We haif wi-ittin to gou laitly Anent our proceid- 
ingis, ewer thanking gow of gour greit conftancy towartis ws ; And 
now being thankis to God in gud lielth, We tbocht necelTare to ad- 
uerteis gow of the famyn, as we beleif gc ar del'yrous to heir thairof. 
My lord Fleniyng arrevit heir from Londoun the v. of this Inftant, 
And is paft in Scotland Quba will fchaw gou all our affaires mair 
amply and at mair lenth nor we think expedient to wryt at this tyme. 
To quhome ge fall gif credeit. My lord Hereis lies writtin to ws, 
That our fifter the Quene hes declarit to him Scho hes writtin to 
my lord of Murraye exprefly That hie vie na forder extremitie aganis 












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1.568. THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 7 

gow our fauouraris and trew lubie6tis. Swa committis gow to the 
proteftioun of God Almychtie. Off Carleill the vij of Julij 1568. 

^our gudjijier, 

MARIE R. 

To OURE DERREST Co USING 

The Erle of Argyle. 

7. .John Lord Herys to Archibald fifth Earl of Argyll. — 
Aug. 19, 1568. 

My Lord, the xviij day of this monethe betuix xj and twelf houris at 
evin, I rellauit thir vrrittings of the Quenis JNIajefties, quhilk will pleis 
gour Lordfchip to reflaue, and direftit thame fra me at fyve houris 
in the mornyng. At tliat fame tyme I relfauit gour Lordl'chipis awin 
writtingis rcquyring me to cum to Glafgo, declairing that my balling, 
as ge call it, is the caus of the flay of this haile armie. In my formar 
writtingis I fchew gour LordfchijJe 1 culd nocht cum throw thay cun- 
treis to Glafgo without fum gret and fecfuU purpois, for that the gait 
was bayth far to my folkis, and to fum of thame thre fcoir myle be 
land and mair, and the maift pairt throw thair ennemeis. I fchew I 
wald haue bene 'vpone the head of Douglas watter on the xvj day at 
nycht. And fo detterminatlie intending for till haue bene, vpone the 
XV day I reffauit my Soueranis letteris as gour Lordfchip and utheris 
my Lordishas done, commandand me nocht till invaid naneof hir aduer- 
far partie ; Obeyand the fame I ftayit my purpois and maid na uther 
balling in this matter. Uther Itay to gour armie I maid nane, bot lend 



8 THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 1568. 

tlie Queuis writtingis to 30W as thay war lend me. My lord I may 

nocht fa cvnn to Glafgo without I bring gret nowmer of folkis as the 

tyme llandis now ; and to bring thame, as I haue faid, without ane de- 

terminatioun to follow fuin gret purjiois I find it nocht wifdome to 

doe. Your Lordfchip therfoir will appardone me. Gyf your Lord- 

Ichiji with the remanent of my Lordis with gow will lurelie adwyfe 

quhat is bell to be done in this wechtie caus, And according to the 

Quenis Majefteis commandement, 1 fall tak my part of it at my power 

as ony uther man in Scotland of my degre, and nother ball nor hinder 

your gud determinatioun with the grace of almychting God, quha haue 

your Lordfchip in his bliffit keiping. Off Drumfres the xix of Auguft 

1568. 

3our Lordfchip to command 

with feruice att my jjower 



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Poft fcript. 

I haue fend gour Lordfchip the copie of this 
laft letter fend me be the Quenis Majeftie, cjuhilk it 
will pleis gow, quhen ge haue red it, to laitt my Lord 
of Sanftandrois or fum uther Lordis fe it, to ryve it ; 
and caus deliuer thar aAvne letteris to thame felfis as 
thay ar direftit. 

To THE Rycht honorable The erle of Ergyle 

LlEUTENNENT TO THE QuENIS MaJESTIE ON THE 
SOWTHSYD OF FoETHE. 



1568. THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 9 

8. Mary Queen of Scots to Archibald fifth Earl of Argyll. 
—Aug. 27, 1568. 

Traift coufing and counialour, We greit gow veill. We haif viider- 
ftand that my Lord of Huntly hes gottin fum defait, of the quhilk 
we ar in greit pane till we heir the veritie therof ; and, hailing gottin 
mony fair and greit promefes of this realme, thinkis the fame nocht 
to tak greit efFe6t. We haif refl'awit twa vrytingis fra our filler the 
Quene be our fervand James Borthik, writtin witli hir amn hand, and 
caufit tranflait thame in Scottis ; of tlie quliilkis we liaif fend copeis 
to my Lord Hereis and the Bifchop of St. Androis, quha will mak 
gow participant therof, quhairin it maye be confident quhat effeft 
maye be found to our profit ; for We latt gow knaw the afieurance 
as we haif it. And feing fcho hes vrittin to ws of fie newis as we 
thocht maifl; neidfull to aduerteis gow, vald nocht faill to do the 
fame ; principally fchawing amangis vthir heidis, that thair is ane cum- 
panye of Frenfche men outhir on the fe to pas in Scotland, or ellis 
alreddy arrevit tbairin, at the quhilk fcho is evill content. Alwayis 
gif fa be that they cum or ar arrevit, ge knaw gour force and babilite, 
quhilk our faythfuU fubieftis may vfe. It hes bein falfly reportit to 
hir, that our men hes invaidit and maid flauchter with greit difi;ruc- 
tioun of houffis on hir bordouris. As it is fchawin ws, tlie princepale 
of thay Invaidaris wes the goung Lard of Sefwood ; Nochtwith- 
ftauding fcho layis the haill burdein on ws and our party allanerly. 
Als fcho vrytis, thair is fum Commiffionaris to cum heir, quherof the 
Deuk of Northfolk is ane. Refen-ing vthir thingis to my Lord Hereis 



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f|uha will I'chaw gow mair at lenth be Borthikis informatioun, and 
the reft to this beirar. Swa committis gow to God. Off Bowtoun 
the xxvij of Auguft 1 568. 

Wi fend ^ou a hors fer and giid h/k, ladlk ^e fchal rejcetie. Anif Y 
had beter ^e Jchoidd noclit ivant. This herar lent mi his for ^ou nfor, 
bicaus this was nocht redi. 

^our richt (judjijler and cujignes, 

MARIE R. 

To OURE TRAIST COUSINGE AND 

CONSALOUR THE ErLE OF ArGYLE. 



9. Mary Queen of Scots to Archibald fifth Earl of Argyll. 
—Aug. 31, 1568. 

Traift coufinge and counfalour, We greit gow veill. Having reflauit 
goure vrytingis heir gifterdaye be Johne Levingftoun, vnderftanding 
thairby and by his report goure greit fervency gud will and fordwart- 
nes ge haif fchawin in this gour laft affembley, Thankis gow maift 
hertly thairof. 3*^^^ difafembling and ftaying of forder proceiding 
thairin we cawfit to be for ane gud Intent, confidering our fifteris 
vryting quhilk we fend gow, the copy thairof wes be the fame in 
hir gud promefes conftrynit to ftaye gow. Quhairof my lord Hereis 
hes aduertefit ws, ge and the reft of oure Nobilite wytis him, and is 
verraycommowit thairat, Praying gow, nocht charge him thairwith ; for 
he did na thing by oure exprefs commandiment, being far mair wytit 



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be the vthir party of this cuntrey, that he wes the haill occafioune of 
Innormeteis on our bordouris and vthh-is tumultis within cure cun- 
trey. We doubt nocht bot 3e haif ah'eddy lene be the copey of our 
filler the Quenis laft vrytingis, quhilk we fend to gow be the Lard of 
Skeldoune, of the aduertifment fcho makis to ws of the Frenfche 
menis cuming in our realme, quhilk we hoip to be haiftely. Referring 
all vthir thingis to gour wifdome committis gow to God. OfFBowtoun, 
the laft of Auguft 1568. 

^our riclit (fud fister and afurcd frind 

MARIE R. 

^ejchalfifarder hfthe injlrudions, bot afur '^our f elf that ge heuue dun 
^omjelf and al our frindes ne letle honour and (jud in onlijchauin ^oitr 
forduartnes and obediens to my. Y wil nocht fpel tym in Wourdes, bot Y 
think mi Jo far adet to ^ou that Y fchal think on it al my lyf 

to oure traist cousinge and lleutenent 
The Eele of Argyle, &c. 

10. Mary Queen o*f Scots to Archibald fifth Earl of Argyll. 
—Apr. 28, 1569. 

Richt traift coufigne and counfalour, We greit gow weill. We haif 
vnderftand, how that part of our fubieftis, throw fum evill counfale, 
has hapnit to cum in danger with our rebelles, quhilk We lament 
greitumly, and not fa mekill for ony dampnage that we maye gett 
thairthrow, ffor thankis to God our affaires ar prefently in better 



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eftait nor thay war fen the begynning of ony conference thairon, Bot 
is fory of the evill bruyt rynnis thairof. Notwithftanding we haif vn- 
(lerftand of gour conftancy towart ws, quherof we thank gow maift 
liertly, and with the grace of God falbe acknawlegit of tlie fame, nocht 
doubting bot ge vill contenew thairin to gour greit honoiir and 
advantage. And we praye gow that on na wayes ge cum to ap- 
]joyntment nor convening with the faidis rebelles by our advyfe : 
bot hakl gour felf far fra thame, remaining ftill ferme in your con- 
llancy, quhairof now we haif the provfe : als praying gow verraye 
efFeauoully, That ge vill afTift menteyne and help our traift coufigne 
the Lord Flemyng to furneis the caftell of Dumbarten with all viures 
that may be gottin in ony maner thairto, as ge vill do ws maift ac- 
ceptabill fervice, and as our traift is in gow, and fall haif releif fchortly 
to the contentment and honour of all thais that remanis conftant and 
perfeveiris in thair faythfulnes towartis ws, As thairin ge fall haif na 
caus to repent God willing, Quhome mott preferve gow. Off Wyng- 
feyld, the xxviij of Aprile 1569. 

Bruder, I am (jled go?< heff nocht enterdfo fuleschli in tak. I prey ^ou 
com nocht in tel ^ou Mr from me, and lieffno conferance with them, for and 
^ou knou h(m thei fpeik off the poor Duk huas it coms nocht be him ; bot 
kip ^oii on dishonord,forfchortli Ifchalfend ^ou wourd htiat ^ou fchal do. 

^our richt good Jister and best frind foreuiier 

MARIE R. 

To OUR Richt traist cousigne, counsalour, 

AND LlEUTENNENT, ThE ErLE OF ErGYLE. 






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11. John Earl of Mar, Regent, to Archibald fifth Earl of 

Argyll. — Sept. 9, 1571. 
REX. 

We, with aduife and confent of our riclit traift coufing Johnne Erie 
of Mar Lord Erfkin Regent to us our realme and liegis, Promittis in 
the word of a Prince, That, in the craving and vptaking of our malis 
of the Ibuthe His and Kintyre fra Angus Maconaill of Dunnevaig and 
Heftour Maclane of Doward reftand oupayit of all termes bipaft 
preceding the daitt heirof. We fall \'fe the aduife of our richt traift 
coufinges Archibald erle of Ergile lord Campbell and Lome, James 
Erie of Mortoun lord of Dalkethe chanciller of our realme, and Robert 
lord Boyd, in fie fort, that the payment of the faidis males reftand of 
termes bigane fall ftand till thair difcretioun. Subfcriuit be our faid 
coufing and Regent AT Striueling the nynt day of September and of 
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12. The Earls of Montrose and Rothes, Patrick Lord Lindsay, 

AND Robert Commendator of Dunfermling, to Colin sixth 

Earl of Argyll. — Aug. 21, 1576. 

My Lord, efter our maift hartlie commendatioun. We haue heir be 
greate and eirneft laubouris movit my Lord Erll of Atholl to condifcend 



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and aggre vnto the conditiounis accordit vpoun at our laft being in 
Glafgw : Bot ane tiling forther is heir coneludit, conforme to my Lord 
Regentis will and diredioun, that all captives and prefoneris on ather 
part fuld be fet at libertie. And vnderftanding that thair is ane 
Anguus Makkerun Makvertenis fone, duellar in Kynlochlevin, detenit 
prefoner be your L. and command in DunftafFage, quhilk is mair nor 
we knew at our being in Glafgw ; Sa that, conforme to my Lordis 
grace will mynde and direftioun befoir our progres in this mater, It 
is lykewyis aggreit, that tlie faid Anguus falbe fet at libertie and fre- 
dome betuix this and the fext day of September nixtocum, and 
deliuerit in the handis of the Maifter of Mar, to the end that he may 
immediatlie efter the faid fext day repair to his Maifter the Erll of 
Atholl or quhair he pleis. This we mon effeftuuflie pray your L. to 
do, as ge half bene conformable in the faidis conditionis, for your 
VLvnn quietnes and eife, and for this our fpeciall and eirneft requeft 
quhairin gour L. fall haue ws alwayis readie to acquite the fame with 
femblable pleafure. Sa committis your L. in the proteflioun of the 
eternall. At Perth the xxj of Auguft 1576. 

Your L. richt afTurit at ther pouer, 

ROTHES MONTROYS. 

PATRICK L. LYNDSAY. R. DUNFERMLING. 

Poftfcript. 

Further, your L. fall vnderftand, that we haue movit the Erll 
of Atholl to aggre to this, that incaife that the noblemen and freindis 
can not aggree amang thame felffis, the faid erll is content that 



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my Lord Regentis grace, my Lord Chancellar, the Erllis of Montrois 
and Rothes, my Lordis Lyndefay and Boyd, and my Lord Commen- 
datar of Dunfermling be oddifmen and owremen, That quhatfumeuer 
thai or the maift part of thame decernis to be done, to ftand and 
abyde thairat, quliairin your L. may not faill to fend ws anfuer in 
write how your L. aggreis vnto this. 

To THE RIGHT HONORABLE LoRD 

My Lord The Erle of Ergile. 



13. Queen Elizabeth to Colin sixth Earl of Argyll. — 
Maii 28, 1578. 

Righte truftie and right welbelouid Colin, We greet you well. We have 
bin advertifed from our fervant Robert Bowes, (prefentlie for our 
affaires there,) how well you are devotid to the maintenance of the 
Amitie betwene the King our deareft brother and vs, wherof you doe 
not let to make publike demonftracioun, which we accepte in lb 
thanckfull parte, as we fynd our felf bound in honnor to make knowne 
vnto you the greate contentment we receave therbie, and how glad 
we would be by effeftis to fliewe the fame. And wheras, to our 
great greefe, we have latelie founde, that emong perfonages of the 
bed ellate in that Realnie, and bell hable to ferve the King our good 
brother, and no lelTe well affefted to the good Amitie betwene our 
two Crownes, ther bathe bin cauie of difference and contencioun, 
which by mediacioun of certaine perfons of qualitie are growing to 
fome frendlie compofition, efpeciallie betwene the Earle Morton and 



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you : We are therfore to praie you, forfeeing the evident milchef that 
is likelie to infue, by the contynewans of the difagrement betwene 
perfons of your qualletie, in the noneage of a young Prince, that if 
anie thing offenfive do either remaine, or maie be revived betwene the 
faid Earle and you, or other of the Nobillitie, that you will vfe our 
Mynifter ther as a Mediatour to remove all caufes of fixrther vnkind- 
nes. And for confirmacioun of a perfe6t reconciliacioun, which we 
have good hope will take effeft, we could wiflie you to be a meane to 
the King our good brother, for the calling of the Earle Morton about 
him, wherin, befidis that you fliall difcharge the office of a chriftian 
Nobleman, by yelding the frutes of trewe reconciliacioun, you fliall 
by furtherance therof to effeft, greatlie advance the Kinges fervice, 
being a man lb fufficient for governement as he is, wherof he hathe 
made good tryall. Befides we are to praie you to geve credit to our 
lervant Bowes in fuche thinges as he fliall deliver to you from vs, 
touching fuche flanderous brutis as have latelie come to our eares, 
w'hervnto we alFure you we geve no credit, having a nioft conftant 
opinion of your finceare affeftion towardis vs and to maintainc good 
Amitie betwene the King our good brother your maifter and vs. And 
fo, good Cofin, We praie God to have you in his blefled keping. Geven 
vnder our Signet at our Mannor of Grenewiche, the xxviij^'' daie of 
Maya 1578, in the Twentethe yere of our raigne. 

Your Loving Cousin, 

ELIZABETH R. 

To OUR RIGHT TRUSTIE AND RIGHT WELBELOUID 

CosiN THE Earle of Argyle. 



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14. Queen Elizabeth to Colin sixth Earl of Argyll. — 
Feb. 28, 1578. 

Right trufty and right welbelouid Coufin, We greete you well. We 
haue alwayes repofed fuch tnifte and confidence in your forwardnes 
and good inclinacioun to enterteyne the good amity betwin vs and 
the King your foueraigne, that we doubt not you will alwayes fhew 
your felf conflant therein, by the continuying of your good officis be- 
twin our two Crownes. And for that there is now occafion olferid, 
to make ibme particular triall therof, about the matter of th'intendid 
matche betwin your faid foueraigne and fome forrein prince, whereof 
we haue receauid foundry aduertifmentis, We praye you to haue a 
care, that nothing be don therein, without our preuitye and knowledge, 
the fame being a matter of fuch weight, and that towchith fo neere 
the ftate of both realmes, wherbie as we fliall^e encouraged to con- 
tinue our accuftomid care and good meaning towardes that realme, fo 
fliall you be affurid for your owne particular to winne no fmaule 
intereft in our fauour ; jjraying you to gene credit vnto our fervaunt 
Bowes in that which he fliall further faie vnto you towelling 
this matter in our name. Geuen vnder our Signet at our Pallace of 
Weftminfter, the lafl of February 1578, in the xxj* yere of our 
raigne. 

Your loving Colin and fi-ind, 

ELIZABETH R. 

To our right trusty and right welbelouid 
CosiN Thearle of Arguile. 

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14. King James VI. to Colin sixth Earl of Argyll. — 
Maii 13, 1579. 

Rycht traift Coufing and Counfalour We greit you hertlyweill. Vnder- 
ftanding the kepars of the houfc of Brydik in Arrane to be willing to 
rander the fame, thair lyffis faulf, for the cryme of the diffobedience of 
our charge to rander the faid houfe and caftell. We will gow tliairfore 
in our Name to grant thame the faid condicioun, letting thame depart 
with ther awin propre baggaige, Saulffing the mvnitioun and viftuallis 
being within the faid houfe and caftell, quhilk ge fall cans reffaue 
vpoun Inuentair, and be preferuit to our vfe, Placeing our feruitour 
Niniane Stewart as keipar of the faid houfe and all thingis reflauit 
thairin, quhill the farther knawledge of our mynd and plefure. Thus 
We commit gow to God. At our caftell of Striueling the xiij 
of Maij 1579. 



JAMES R. 



to our right traist cousing and 
Counsalour the Erll of Ergile. 



15. King James VI. to Colin sixth Earl of Argyll. — 
Feb. 18, [1580?] 

Richt traift coufing and counfallour, We greit gow hartlie weill. Being 
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great and wecbty materis in hand, fpecialie concemyng the honour 
and iiiretie of our perfoun and eftate ; the intertenement of peax, 
amitie and gude Intelligence with the Chriftiane Princes and com- 
mounwealthis, our neareft nychtbouris freindis and allyais, quhais 
ambaffadouris and minifteris frequentlie reparis to ws ; the repreffing 
of the thevis and diforderit perfonis ; and governyng of our gude and 
peaceble fubie6lis in gude tranquillitie, peax and iuftice : It is maift 
requifite that we haue the gude avyt'e and concurrence of our nobilitie, 
and tliat the occalionis of grudges diiplealburis and querrellis Hand- 
ing amang thame, quhair throuch thair cummyng to ws and reman- 
yng quietly in our company is oftymes hinderit, be taken away ; firft 
be alTeurance, and thairefter, fa fone as conuenientlie it may be, be 
fynall and perfyte concord, quhilk is our cheifeft care prefentlie, and 
hes bene of a lang tyme bypaft : Quhairvpoun We haue takin occa- 
iioun to direft to gow our feruitour M"' Peter Young our elemofinar 
to communicat to 30W our mynde committit to his credite, and to 
defjTe gow in our name, that ge faill not to repaire heir vnto ws 
againe the xxiij day of Februare inftant. Swa remittand further 
to his credite, We commit gow to God. From Halyrudehous this 
xviij of Februar 



JAMES R. 



To OUR RIGHT TRAIST COUSING 
AND COUNSALOUR THE ErLL OF 

Ergile OUR Chancellair. 



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16. King James VI. to Colin sixth Eael of Argyll. — 
Jul. 2, 1582. 

Richt traift coufing aud counfallour, We greit gow liartlie weill. We 
haue refauit gour letter towardis fome particuleris of goui- awne, the 
fpeding quherof we haue delayit and remittit to gour awne prefence, 
(juhilk we will earniftlie requeift gow to let ws haue at our burgh of 
Perth the viij or ix day of this inftaunt, quher your remayning fall 
not be abone xxiiij houris, gif gour health or Tther occupacioun may 
not fpair gow with ws any langer. The occafion that movis ws to 
fend for gow is weill wechty, importing baith our furetie and gour 
awin, as we haue willit our rycht traift coufing the erle of Arrane 
to notifie fum part vnto gow be his letter ; Thairfore as ge tender 
baith the ane and vtheris we will requeift gow not to failgie to meit 
ws the faid day and place, quher ge falbe acquentit mair amplie with 
thir materis. We man in this meane tyme remember gow of the deir 
doggis, quhilk be our vtlier lettir we requirit gow to fend ws, the 
tyme drawis neir quhen they fould be direftit away ; Thairfore we 
pray gow, to recouer ws famony as may be fparit within gour boundis, 
and let thame be brocht with gow, or dire6tit with fome of gour 
awne therfter, as ge will do ws acceptable and gude pleafure. Thus we 
commit gow to God. From Sterling caftell this fecound day of 
July 1582. 



JAMES R. 



to our richt traist cousing and counsallour 
The Erle of Ergyle our Chancellar. 



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17. King James VI. to Colin sixth Earl of Argyll. — 
Aug. 30, 1582. 

Rycht traifl coufing and counlalour, We greit gow Weill. We haue 
refoluit be auife of the Counfell prefent with ws, to tak ordour for 
the quieting of the trublis laitly fallin out, be a Conventioun of a 
gude nowmer of our eflattis to be aflTemblit at Edinburgh vpoun the 
twentie day of September nixtocum : quherfore we require gow efFec- 
tuuflie, that ge will nocht faill to be prefent with ws at Edinburgh the 
faid day, in peaceable and quiet manor, accumpanyit onlie with gour 
lioufliald ; that be gour prefence and gude auife, this mater, being in 
the felf fa wechtie, may be ordourit and fetled to the plefour of God, 
our obedience, and the commoun tranquillitie of our realme ; and 
that ge keip this diett preceiflie as ge will declair gour gude affec- 
tioun to our feruice and do ws acceptable plefour. Thus we com- 
mit gow to God. AT Perth the penult day of Auguft 1582. 

JAMES R. 

To OUR RYCHT TRAIST CoUSING 
AND COUNSALOUR ThE ErLL OF 

Argyle our Chancellare. 



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] 8. EsME FIRST Duke of Lennox * to Colin sixth Eakl of 
Argyll. — Sept. 20, 1582. 

Monfieur, Jay refeu la lettre quil vous a pleu mefcripre, mais Je nay 
point veil voflre liomme. Toute fois Laird Darkinlas a pris la peine de 
me venir vifiter, par lequel auec voflre di6te lettre J'ay efte affeure de 
voftre conftante amytie envers moy, de laquelle Je nay jamais doubte ; 
et aufly Je vous fupplie humblemaut de croire que celle que vous ay 
promife vous fera gardee inuyolablemant. Je mafu: :)is toufiours bien 
que lie vouldries jamais ajirouuer la thraifon qui a efte faifte au Roy, 
laquelle Je regrette extrememant, non pour men particulier, mes 
pour le hafard auquel eft fa IVIagefte, Laquelle, fy Dieu ne luy ayde, 
lera mife entre les mains de ceulx qui ne defire pas fa conferuation. 
Quent pour ma part Je fuis fur mon embarquemant pour men aler 
en France fuyuent ce que fa Magelle a efte forcee de me conmander 
de faire. Ilz iiiont acufe de beaiicoub de cliofe par vne requefte quilz 
prefautire a fa magefte a Scaintielianfton ; ce q'ayent entendeu, Jay 
ofert par my Lord de Herife de comparoiftre deuent tous les eftas 
pour eftre juge par lieulx fur tous les poinftz de leurs acufations. 
fens demander aulcune grace ou refpid ; ains que JeftoiS content 

* The Earl of Lennox was appointed " Capitane and keiper of bis Majesteis Castell 
of Dumbartane" 29 Jul 1580 — " Capitane and Commander of Iiis hienes gaird during 
bis Majesteis will" 5 Mar. 1581 — Created Duke of Lennox 5 Aug. 1581 — He died in 
France December 1582. His son Ludovick succeeded him, and on the 23 December 
1583 is appointed " beich and grit Chalmerlane of this realme and first gentilman of bis 
bienes cbalmer joynand baith the saidis tytillis and offices in ane " — and on 24 Nov. 
1591 is made " grit Maister of bis Majesteis Esquierie and haill horsis, &c. &c. 



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deftre juge a toute la rigeur que les lois defcoffe me pouroift con- 
danner, felon les preuue quilz pouroift faire centre moy ; mais II ne 
lont pas voulleu, encore que par leurs requefte lis offroift de me le 
maintenir en ma face fur le peril do leurs vies et bien. Et quent pour 
ce que leglife fe plaignoit de moy, eftant a Liflebour Jay aufert aux 
myniftres par le di6b Lord de Herife, le Laird detrakuoys, le preuoft 
de Liflebour, que filz vouUoift mettre par efcript ce que dont Ilz 
difoient que Je les aurois aufenfe, que Je leurs renderois refponfe par 
efcript, et que ce que Je aurois fai6t Je lauourois et leurs dirois 
larefon pour quoy Je laurois faift ; ce que Je naurois faift aufly Je 
leurs dirois fi Je le favois qui fauroift efte ; et que apres que lis cliolifet 
fis myniftre, lis gentilzhommes, le prevoft du di6t Liflebour, et cine 
des plus honneftes hommes de la difte ville, et que leurs efcript et ma 
refponfe fufet mife entre leurs mains, et que ce que les dixhuift 
trouueroift que Je aurois ofenle, que ce quilz ordonneroift que Je 
deuerois faire pour les fatiffaire, que Je le ferois. Mes Ilz ne mont 
Jamais voulleu randre refponfe. Voyla les ofres quay faide, lesquelle 
II me famble eftre fy refonnable quil ny a liomme de bien en efcofle 
quil ne die que Je ne me fois mys en tout deuoir de ce que la refon 
le requeroia. Mais puis quil ny a aultre remede Je fuis content de 
man aller en Franfe. Toute fois Je feray prefente vne requefte aux eftas 
a cete conuention, laquelle fera fy equitable que Je mafleure que me 
feres cet honneur que de tenir la main quelle me fcoit acordee. Et 
touchent laucation de mon partemant, croyes Je vous fupplie que ce 
neft point par faulte de courage, comme Jay efperanfe de le vous 
faire paroiftre auent quil fcoit pafque ; et le vous manderay fytoft que 
ceray en France, ayent efperanfe quil coutera la vie a dix mille Lomme 



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qui ne font pas efcofois ou noftre maiftre fera vange de la thraifon 
que long luy a faifte, et fil nen debourfera pas vng double ; et que Je 
luy feray paroiftre que Je luy fuis fidelle ferulteur, et que Je ne le 
laiferay en cete aduerfite, ny mes bons amys. Quent II vous plaira de 
niefcripre, donnes voz lettres a niylord d'Oglwy ou au cappitaine 
de cete place ou a laird de Mynto, et ceulx la me les feront tenir 
feuremant, ou a laird Kilfayt. Et pour la fin de ma lettre, Je vous fup- 
plie humblemant de vous affeurer que Je vous demeureray tent que 
Je vyueray tres fidelle amy, et quaues toute puifenfe de me conmander, 
ny ayent rien que Je puife faire pour voftre feruice que Je ne face 
daufly bon ceur que Je vous baife humblemant les mains : Prient Dieu, 

Monfieur, quil vous ayt en fa fcainte garde. Du chafteau de Dumbar- 
tane ce xx*^™*^ jour de Septembre 1582. 

Voftre bien bumble et fidelle amy a vous faire Teruice. 



A Monsieur 

Monsieur le Comte darguil. 



19. Queen Elizabeth to Colin sixth Earl of Argyll. — 
Jan. 20, 1582. 

Right truftie and right welbelouid Cofin We grete you well : The 
care we have hitherto had and do ftill continewe, of the fafety and 








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well doing- of our good brother the King your Maifter, and the weale 
of his eftate, moveth ^s to efteeme and favour thofe noble men and 
other his fervauntes about his porfon, that fliewe themfelues well 
aftefted to the mayntenaunce of the ftate of relligion, the furtheraunce 
of his fervice, and continewaunce of the good amitie betwene the 
twoo Crownes. Among whom having many waies heard veary good 
reporte and great commendacioun of your forwardnes and good in- 
clinacioun in all theife three pointes, we could not but perticulerly 
let you vnderftand by our owne lettres, how well we do thinke of 
you for the fame, and thintereft you have thereby wonne in our 
fpeciall favour and good liking of you, which We nothing doubt, l)ut 
that you will geve vs caufe to continewe ftill towardes you, by your 
conftant perfeveraunce in your good zeale towardes God, and dutie 
towardes the fervis of your Prince, wherby you lliall dil'charge your 
confcience towardes both, and winne thereby, both to your felfe and 
to your pofteritye hereafter, that reputation that apperteynetli to a 
man of your calling and qualitie. Geven vnder our Signet at our 
Manour of Richmond tlie xx"^ of January 1582, the five and twentietli 
yeare of our raigne. 

Your Lovinge Cousin, 

ELIZABETH R. 

To OUR RIGHT TRUSTIE AND RIGHT WELBELOUED 
COSIN THE ErLE of ArGILE. 



26 THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 1583. 

20. The Sieur de Mainville Gentleman of the Bedchamber to 
THE King of France to Colin Earl of Argyll. — Apr. 9, 1583. 

Monfieur, vous voyes afTes parceque Monfieur de Douii & moy vous 
auons mande par le feigneur Jihan Grahame, Combien voftre prefence 
fai6t befoing Icy, et celle des aultres feigneurs qui font mandes, telle- 
ment que Je jienfe que celluy qui feroit pareffeux a venir pourroit 
eftre accule a bon droift d'avoir non feullement abandonne le bien 
mais avoir fai6l le nial des affaires de ce pays. Cell pourquoy Je 
vous fupplie bien humblement vouloir faire en forte que Monfieur de 
Glenkerne n'encoure point en ce niauuaix credit, mais quil vienne a 
cede conuention neantmoings cequil a defia mande au roy ; Ceque 
Je m'afure quil fera pour voftre authorite, si a ma priere il vous 
plaift luy en efcripre, et luy enuoyer celle que Je luy efcrips. Je 
vous baife bien humblement les mains, & prie Dieu, 

Monfieur, vous donner en perfaide fante, hereufe & longue vie. 
Donne Edinbourg ce ix^ Jour D'apuril 1583. 

Permettes moy Monfieur de baifer les mains a 
Madame en ce bout de lettre. 

Voftre bienliumble a vous obeir et feruir. 

MAINEUILLE. 

A Monsieur 

Monsieur Le Compte d'Arguil. 



1583. THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 27 

21. King Henry IV. of France to Colin sixth Earl of Argyll. 
—May 28, ] 583. 

Moufieur Le Conte, Au retour du feigneur de la Mothe Fennellon 
Confeiller en mon Confeil deftat, & du feigneurde Maigneuille Gentil- 
homme ordinaire de ma cliambre, Jay receu les lettres que m'auez 
efcriptes, et par luy entendu leftat ou il a laiflTe toutes chofes pardela, 
& la bonne aflfeaion que vous auez a la manutenacion du Repos qui y 
eft necefTaire bounne auflTy a la conleruacion & fortifficacion de lanti- 
enne amitye & alliance qui eft entre ceftuy mon Royaume et celluy 
d'Efcofle, dont je vous fcay fort bon gre, Vous priant de perfeuerer 
en cefte bonne volonte, auec afleurance, que le Roy voftre Maiftre 
nentrera jamais en amitye et alliance qui luy Ibit plus vtille et cei- 
taine que cefte cy, comme fes predecefleurs lont experimente, et 
laduenir le fera encores congnoiftre. Je ftiis bien fort aife audemourant 
du bon debuoir que me promeitz fere pour la Reftitucion des vins & 
baftel appartenans a aulcuns marchans mes lubieftz qui leur ont efte 
prins & depredez par quelques pirates efcoflbis. Je vous prie de leur 
en faire fere telle .Juftice & fatisfaftion quilz aient occafion de fen 
loner, par ceft chofe que Jay en finguliere Recommandacion. Et a ce 
propoz Je vous diray que Jay nagueres faift fere Railbn, & ordonne 
paiement eftre fai6t a vng Efcoflbis de lappretiacion & eftimacion 
qui a efte faifte d'vng ften vaifleau qui fut (fe di6t II) prins par le 
feu Seigneur Strofly pour fen feruir en fon veoiage de mer, comme 
Je feray fere des aultres prinfes qui viendront a ma congnoiflance 
eftre faiftes par mes fubiedz fur ceulx d'Efcofle ainfy quil conuient a 



28 THE ARGYLL LETTERS. ]583. 

lamitye & alliance fi eftroiae qui eft entre ces deux coronnes. Priant 
Dieu, Monfieur le Conte, vous auoir en fa fan6te et digne garde. 
Efcript A Paris le xxviije Jour de May 1583. 

HENRY. 

A Monsieur Le Comte d'ARGYLE. 



22. The Sieur de la Motiie Fenelon Ambassador from the 

Court of Fran'CE to Colin sixth Earl of Argyll. — 

Jan. 25, 1583. 

Monfieur, J'auoy defire de vous pouuoyr bailler en prefance cefte 
aultre lettre que le Roy trefchrestien mon feigneur vous efcript. Et 
a ceft effeft J'auoy prie le Roy voftre fouuerain quil luy pleut vous 
efcripre, et a ceulx de fa nobleffe de venyr en ce lieu, atfin de vous 
pouuoyr expoler a toutz ce que fa Majefte trefchrestienne m'auoit 
donne en creance pour vous dire. Mais voyant la longueur qu'on vze 
en cella, et que J'ay trouue vng fi oportun meffager comme ceftuy 
cy qui vous va trouuer, J'ay bien voulu vous fere tenyr par luy ladite 
lettre, par la quelle vous comprendrez affez la bonne et droifte In- 
tention que fa JNIajefte trefchrestienne a vers le ferenifsime Roy fon 
l)ou fi-ere, et vers vous, et les Seigneurs de fa nobleffe qui eftez des 
plus principaulx d'Icelle, et vers le bien de I'Eftat, et de luniuerfel 
repoz, et conferuacion de toutz les gens de bien du Royaulnie, dont 
efperant que vouldrez trefuolontiers aflifter cefte tant bonne intention 
de fa ditte Majefte trefchrestienne, Je n'adioufteray rien dauantage 
a fa dite lettre que ce que pourrez entendre par ce feigneur prcfent 



1588. THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 29 

porteur, lequel i^'eR trouue en cefle court a mon arriuee. Et prieray 
aufurplus noftre Seigneur, apres auoyr falue toutes voz bonnes 
grades de mes humbles trefaifeftionnes recommandacions, enfemble 
celles fil vous plait de madame la comtefTe, q'uil vous donnt et 
a Elle, 

Monfieur, En trefparfaifte fanfte treflongue vye, Et tout le bien & 
prosperite que vous defire. Don Edinbourg ce xxv^ Jour de Januyer 
fellon la nouuelle computacion de France et xv^ fellon lancienne 1583. 



Voftre bien fort humble et obeiflant a vous fere feruice. 




A Monsieur 

Monsieur le Compte d'Arguil. 



23. King James VI. to Archibald seventh Earl of Argyll. — 
Sept. 21, 1588. 

Richt traift coufing, We greit gow hartlie weill. The fame occafioun 
that moved ws to tak panis in our awin perfoun at the bordouris git 
continewing, and a number of thevis fugitives lying out and daylie 



30 THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 1588. 

making incurfionis to the trouble of our gude fubiedis, We are movit 
to interteuy ane ordinar force aganis thame thir thrie nixt monethis, 
And to that efFeft mon burding gow and your fi-eindis with four 
hundreth able footmen with bowis, or fa mony as may be with hag- 
buttis, the ane half to ferve for the moneth of 06tober nixtocum, and 
the vther half for the moneth of November. Quherfoir We defyr gow 
effeauouflie, all excufis fet apart, That ge faill nocht to cans the firft 
tua hundreth with fufficient Leaderis and prouifioun for xxx dayis 
be in Edinburgh i^ioun the xxviij day of September inftant, quhair we 
have appointed the Laird of Caddell to be thair commander, and to 
reffave and convoy thame to the place of feruice ; and befoir the 
laft day of 06tober that ge gar the vther tua hundreth, lykewais 
providit, releiff thame, as ge will do acceptable pleafour and gude 
feruice, and will give ws a pruiff of that affeftioun ge beir to the 
furthering of our feruice, according to the lovable cuftome of 
gour forbearis : Letting ws vnderfland be gour anliier in write with 
this bearer quhat we fall certanelie lippin for. And fa We commit 
gow to God. AT our caftell of Striuiling the xxj day of September 
1588. 

JAMES R. 

To OUR RICHT TRAIST COUSING AND COUNSALLOUR, 
THE ERLE OF ErGYLE AND HIS TUTOURIS, OR 
SIC OF THAME AS BALL BE PRESENT FOR THE 
TYME. 



1595. THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 31 

24. Queen Elizabeth to Archibald seventh Earl of Argyll. — 
Jul. 23, 1595. 

Right truftie and right wellbeloued Coufin, Wee greet yow hartelie 
well : AVee haue vnderftoode fo fullie by our feruant Bowes, of your 
great care of fueh thinges as he of late hath recommended vnto yow, 
that wee cannot any longer forbeare to acknowledge the fame by our 
owne lettres, thereby to affure yow, that fuch is our contentment to 
find yow alfwell the lucceflbr of your noble fatheris love and good 
will to our Eftate, as the Inheritour of his fortune, that Wee are more 
and more defirous to vnderftand from yow in fome particular, howe 
Wee might demonltratc our defire to pleafure and gratefie yow, being- 
one, whofe aftions haue confirmed to the worlde, not only your con- 
ftancie and faith to your Soueraigne in tyme of greatefl tryall, but 
alfo your Judgement in difcerning clearelie, howe diflionorable it 
would be for any man of noble bloodd to yelde the leaft counten- 
ance and affiftance to fo bafe and malitious Rebellis. Lett theife 
lynes therfore ferve wee pray yow for this tyme, and for forae other 
particuler giue faith to our fervant Bowes. And where Wee vnder- 
ftande that your Coufin Maclane is much at your devotion, and 
one of power and commandment in thofe lies of the Northe. 
Wee doe defire yow, that he may find by yow, howe well yow are dif- 
pofed towardis vs, which wee doe knowe will much dire6le his courfes, 
and for which Wee wilbe found moll ready to requitt him. All which 
wee doe the more recommend to yow, becaufe Wee are informd, 
that our deareft Brother the King of Scottis did deale with yow for 



32 THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 1604? 

the fame in the prefence of one of our owne feruantis imployed in 
Bowes his abfence. Yeouen, at our Mannor of Grenewich, the xxiij"" 
day of Julie in the xxxvij* yere of our Raigne 1595. 

Your most Assured Lovimje Coujin, 

ELIZABETH R. 

to our right trusty and right avelbeloued 
Cousin, the Erle of Argile. 



25. King James VI. to Colin seventh Earl of Argyll. — 
Feb. 8, [1604?] 

JAMES R. 

Richt traift coufing and counlallour. We great you wele. Being 
credibillie informit that the Lard of Auchinbrek, your coufing and 
waflall, hath as yit maid no redrefie of the oppreffionis and wrongis 
committit by him and his complices upoun our fchirreff of Bute, and 
the fewaris and tennentis of our awin propir landis within the Yle of 
Bute, quhilkis partlie wer confeft and partlie provin aganis him in 
prefence of ws and our Counfale thair, and quhilkis your felfF become 
cautioun aftit in the buikis of our Secreit Counfale to fie redreffed 
and fatilfeit ; bot in forder contempt of all law and iuflice continewis 
ftill in oppreffioun and committing reiffis and fpoylis upoun our laid 
fchirreflf and tennentis, to thair great trouble and wrak. Lyke as the 



1604? THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 33 

faid Lard of Aucliinbrek hath uot yit found that forme of cautioun 
injoynit to him be ws and our Counfale, anent the keping of our 
peace and gude ordour in that our cuntrie. In refpe6t quherof we 
haue direftit our lettre to our counfale thair, to tak ordour with the 
faid Larde, by directing out chairges aganis him boith for redrefTe 
of the faid fpoyles, oppreffionis, and wrongis ah-eddy committit be 
him in that our Yle of Bute, and finding of fufficient cautioun for 
the indempnitie of the faid fcliirreff and tennentis in tyme cuming. 
And thairfoir fence ge are bimd be aft of Counfale as his cheiff and 
maifter to mak him anfuerable to our lawes, con forme to the gene- 
ral! band, that ge faill not, as ge will anfuer to ws upoun gour dewi- 
tie and alledgeance, to entir and prefent him as ge falbe requirit 
thairto, befoir our Counfale, to be tackin ordour with by thame as 
thai fall think expedient. And becaus we will not fuffer fie enor- 
miteis and oppreffionis to be committit vpoun our awne puir ten- 
nentis, that pais ws maill and dewitie, without examplar pvnifche- 
ment. We haue thocht g-ude heirby to gif gou warning, that in cais 
we heir any forder of thair oiDpreffioun or truble, We will impute the 
blame to gou, and provyde fie remeid as fall not fl:and with gour 
contentment. And fua wifcheing gou to judge how hardlie we con- 
fait of fie vyld oppreffioun of our poore tennentis, all the reft of our 
cuntries and dominionis being fo quiete as thai ar. We bid gou fair- 
wele from our Honnour of Hampton the viij of Februar 

To OUR RIGHT TRUSTY AND WELBELOWED 
COWSEN AND COUNSELLOUR The EaRLE OF 

Argyle. 

E 



34 THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 1604. 

26. King James VI. to the Earl of Montrose Chancellor. — 
Feb. 9, 1604. 

JAMES R. 

Right trufty and welbeloued Cowfen and Counfellour Wee greete 
yow hartely well. Wee liaue confidered of the feruice of the Earie 
of Argyle, and finde it fuch as deferueth not only high commendation 
but fpeciall rewarde, whereby others may be encouraged to vndertake 
the like. And therefor it is our pleafour that yee enforme the reft 
of our counfell there, both of our good mynde towardis him, and con- 
tentment which wee haue of his feruice. How and in what mea- 
four wee are to recompenfe the fame wee haue not yet thought good 
to aduertife yow nor them, afwell in refpeft of other weighty aiFaires 
which wee haue in hand, as alfo becaule our Secretary of Scotland is 
fhortlie for our feruice to be here, to whome wee will at full com- 
municate our refolution in that point, whome wee fliall likewife eom- 
maunde to imparte the fame vnto yow. Thus wee bid yow farewell. 
From our Pallace of Whitehall the nynth of Februarie 1604. 

To OUR right trusty and welbeloued 

COWSEN AND COUNSELLOUR THE EaRLE 

OF Montros OUR chauncelour of our 

KINGDOME OF SCOTLAND. 




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1606. THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 35 

27. King James VI. to Sir Thomas Hamilton of Monkland, 
Knight, Advocate, 27 Dec. 1606. 

JAMES R. 

It is our fpeciall pleafour and will, that the fummoiindis and proces 
of forfaulture intented at your inftance as our Advocatt aganis 
M'Cloyde of Hereis for cei-tane fpeciall crymes of lele ma- 
jeftie and treafoun fpeciallye libellit in the faidis fummoundis, be con- 
tinewit in this nixt enfewing feflioun of Parliament of that our king- 
dome, and that no proces be led tliairin at that fefRoun ; bot the 
famine continewit in the fame force and effeft to the nixt enfewing 
Parliament thairafter : Quhairanent thir prefentis falbe to you a fuffi- 
cient warrand. Gevin at our Pallace of Whitehalle the xxvijth of 
December 1606. 

To OUR right trustye and weilbeloued coun- 
SELLOUR Sir Thomas Hamiltoun of Mounk- 
land knight our Aduocatt in our kingdome 
op Scotland. 



36 THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 1641. 

28. King Charles I. to Archibald Marquis of Argyll. — 
12 JuN. 1641. 

Argyll, I am informed that one Lietennant Colonell Stewart im- 
ployed lieere (as it is sayd) by the Earle of Montrose, lies deponed 
something of his dealing with Traquaire, and that by him I flionld 
banc giuen afsenrance of dispofing of fome vacant Places, to such 
perfones as was joined in a kite Band with the E. of Montrose, there- 
by insinuating that my jurnic to Scotland was onlie desyred and pro- 
cured by JSIontrose and Traquaire, and lykewais that my intent there 
in is rather to make and forder parties, then to receaue from, and 
giue contentment to my Subjefts : Now fince that (by the grace of 
God) I haue refolued of my jurnie to Scotland it makes me the more 
curius, that my aftions and intentions, be not misconceaued by my 
fubjefts there : Therefore in the firft place, 1 thinke fitt to tell you 
that I intend my jurnie to Scotland for the satling of the affaires of 
that Kingdome, according to the Articles of the Treatie, and in such 
a way as may establish the affeftions of my People fully to me ; and 
I am so far from intending dioision, by my jurnie, that I meane, so to 
establishe Peace in State, and Religion in the Churche, that there 
may be a happie harmonic amongst my Subje6ts there : Secondlie I 
neuer made anie particular promis, for the dispofing of anie places in 
that Kingdome, but meanes to dispose them, for the best aduantadgeof 
my scruice, and therein I hope to giue fatisfaftion to my Subjefts : And 
as for my Letter to jMuntrofe, I doe auow it, as fitt for me to wryte, 
bothe for the matter and the ]ierfon to whome it is -nTitten, who for 



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1642. THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 37 

anie thing I yet know, is no wais unworthie of fuch a fauor: Thus 
hauing cleered my intentions to you as my particular seruant, I ex- 
pe6t, that as occafion may serue, you may helpe to cleere thofe mis- 
takes of me which upon this occasion may aryfe : Lastlie, for the 
preparations for my cuming home I doe ratlicr mention it, to fliow 
the constant resolution of my jurnie, then in anie dout of your dili- 
gence therein : and fo I reft 

Your afseured frend 

Whythall the 12 OF June 1641. CHARLES R. 

29. King Charles I. to Archibald Marquis of Argyll. — 
9 May 1642. 

Argyle, this is a tyme, wherin all my seruants, that ar able and will- 
ing, will haue occasion to fliow them felfes ; and (according as they 
now apeare) will approue themfelfes worthie, or not, of my fauor ; 
amongeft whom, as it is well knoweii your power wants not to feme 
me, lb by your large expreffions, at my laft being in Scotland, and 
hauing, by fome reall teftimonies, fliowen the eftimation that I haue 
of you, I cannot dout of your reddinefs ; and therfor I haue raoft 
particularly commanded this bearer Mungo Murray to acquaint you 
with the occalion of this next Counfell dayes meeting, as lykewais, 
which way I expeft your feruice therein, of which being confident, 
that I lliall haue a good account, I reft 

Your moft afteured frend 
YoRKE 9 OF May 1642. CHARLES R. 



38 THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 1644. 

30. Anne of Austria Queen Dowager of France to Archibald 
Marquis of Argyll. — 8 Jul. 1644. 

Monsieur le Marquis d' Argyll. Le S' Gray, baron de Scheues qui a 
este men domesticque, desirant se retirer en Escosse, et m'ayant faift 
prier de le gratiffier de ma Recomraandation vers Vous, Je la luy ay 
bien volontiers accordee fur la confiance que iay que Vous le fauori- 
serez de vostre bienveillance par ma consideration, non seulement 
comme Originaire d'Escosse, estant filz dun naturel Escossois, Mais 
encor comme nay en France et esleue a nion seruice : Vous afleurant 
que la faueur que vous luy ferez me sera si agreable, que ie prendray 
tousiours a plaisir de vous faire paroistre les bons fentimens qui m'en 
demeureront : Je prie Dieu cependant quil vous ayt Monsieur le 
Marquis d'Argyll, en sa seure garde. Escrit a Paris, le huiftieme 
Juillet 1644. 

ANNE. 
A Monsieur 
Le Marquis d'Argyll. 



1646. THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 39 

31. King Charles I. to Archibald Maruuis of Argyll. — 
17 Nov. 1646. 

New Castell, 17 Nm. 1646. 

Argyle, I fliall not treble you with publike bufineffes, not douting 
but that you will doe according to your profeffions, wherfor this is 
only to recommend a particular to you which is concerning the ad- 
mittance of the Earle of Traquaire to his place in Parlament, defyr- 
ing you to further it what you can, which will be a courtoify much 
eftimed by 

Your most afseured reall constant frend 

CHARLES R. 



32. King Charles L to Archibald Marquis of Argyll. — 
4 Dec. 1646. 

New Castell 4 De. 1646. 

Argyle, I fend you heerin clofed my Anfwer which I haue refolued 
to fend to London, refering you to Will Murray for fhowing you 
what use I expeft you lliould make of it, in order to his feruice who is 

Your most afseured reall constant frend 

CHARLES R 



40 THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 1647. 

33. King Charles I. to Archibald Marquis of Argyll. 
23 Dec. 1647. 

Carsbrooke 23 Decern: 1647- 

Argile, housoeuer, heere to fore, you and I haue differd in Judge- 
ment, I beliue now that the prefent state of Affaires are fuch, as will 
make you hartely embrace my Cause, it being gi-ounded upon thofe 
particulars that were neuer in question betweene you and me : and 
for those things wherein you and I yet may be of feuerall opinions, I 
haue giuen such satisfadion to the Scots Commifsioners, that with 
confidence I desyre your concurrence in what hath beene agreed 
betweene them and me, knowing your zeale to your Country, and 
your many profefsions to me : as this bearer will more at large tell 
you, to whom referring you I rest 

Your moft afseured reall constant 
frend 

M CHARLES R. 

I defyre you to beliue whatsoeuer 
Traquaire will tell you in my name. 

For the Marquis of Argyle. 



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1652. THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 43 

34. King Charles II. to Archibald Marquis of Argyll. — 
14 Oct. 1652. 

My Lord, 

Since both by my absence and ill fortune, I want occasion and 
meanes to put myselfe in any probability of giving you foe reall an 
acknowledgement of thofe respe6ts to ray person and affeftion to ray 
Interefts you have soe cffedively shewed att my beeng in Scotland, as 
they deierve ; I iliall herewith defire your Lordfhip to be satisfied 
with the thanckfullnesse I shall ever conserve in my minde towards 
you, untill feme good oportunity make rae as capable, as I fliall be 
ready, to shew my felfe really 

Your Lordfliips 

Moll affedionnate frend 
to ferve you 

CHARLES. 

Haghe this 14 of Oct. 1652. 

For my Lord Marquis of Argile. 



44 THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 1654. 

35. Orders by General Middleton to Archibald Lord Lorne. 
— Jul. 2, 1654. 

You are heereby authorized and commanded to place a Gamfon iu 
Caftle Keth home, and to defend and keepe the fame to the utmoft 
of your power for his Majefties fervice agaynft all oppolitions what- 
foever. 

JO. MIDDLETONE. 
Given under my hand At Lud 

in Athol, Jul. 2, 1654. 

For the Right Honorable Archibald 
Lord Lorne. 



You are heereby authorized and commanded to place a Garriibn in 
Alahalader, and to defend and keepe the fame for his Majefties fer- 
vice to the utmoft of your power agaynft all oppofition whatfoever. 



JO. MIDDLETONE. 

Given under my hand At Lud 

in Athol, Jul. 2, 1654. 

For the Right Honorable Archibald 
Lord Lorne. 



1661. THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 45 

36. Letter to his jNIajestie (King Charles IL) from my Lord 
LoRNE HIS freinds. — 26 Jul. 1661. 

Moll Gracious Soveraign, 

The fone of Crefus having been dumb from his nativity, yet notwith- 
ftauding when in a battle he perceaved a foldier ready to flieath his 
fword in his fathers bowells, his vehement zeall for his fathers pre- 
fervatione burft afunder thefe tyes which fo far had bound up his 
tongue from fpeaking, and made him cry out for fafety to his dear 
father. The lyke affection have laid a force upon us the Cadets, kinf- 
men and branches of the houfe of Argyle, having of that fudden de- 
folatione and calamity that is com upon that houfe to break of 
filence, and in all humility, to reprefent to j'our Majeftie the conftant, 
uninterrupted, inbred loyalty and fidelity born by our Cheifs and our 
fore fathers to your Majefties royall predicelTors, which they have 
teftified by the performances of many notable fervices in ages paft. 
As in the year of Chrift, 1155, when that grand rebell Somerled 
did confpire againft his foveraign Malcome the 4th called the JVIay- 
den, raifed a great army of Iflanders and others, made a horrible 
devaftatione over all the main land of this kingdome, Gilchrift then 
Earle of Angus, being fent by the King againft him with ane army, 
was eminently afifted by our Cheif, his freinds, and followers : 
Somerled the rebell was overthrown, and forced to flie to Ireland, 
wher gathering a new power, returned with lyke hoftility, as before, 
was fubdued upon the river of Clyde, fuffered due punifhment at 
Glafgow, for his proud treafonable attempts. 



46 THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 1661. 

In the year 1306, that renouned Prince King Robert Bruce, 
Ihortly after his Coronatione being routed at Mefiin near Perth by 
Sir Emery Walleine Leivtenant Generall to King Edward the 4th 
of England, and forfaken of the moft part of his freinds, his Queen 
being taken, made prifoner in the tour of London, his brethren putt 
into death, and the fmall remander of his army, which condufted 
him, being again routed at Strathphillan by John IVI'Dougall of Lome 
defcended from Somerled ; our Cheif at that tyme Sir Neill Camp- 
bell, with a moft conftant loyalty adhered to King Robert in his 
great extreamity with his kinfmen and followers, condufting him 
firft to Argyle, then to Kintyi-e ; and from thence (being ftill followed 
by the faid John,) unto the Ifle of Rachrine near Ireland, where he 
wintred, and was preferved for a tyme, untill he remafled fome forces, 
returned the nixt year to the Ifle of Arran ; and from thence landed 
in Carrick, furpryfed the Caftle of Turnberry ; from thence went to 
Invernefs, by the montanous way ; and ever after did profecute his 
Aiftories with many wreftlings, till in end he routed Edward the 
2d of England, called Carnavan, at Bannockburn, near Stirling, 
delyvered Scotland from a long and cruell bondage, gott in Stirling 
Caftle, and all the ftrong holds of the land, being always ftrongly 
afifted by Sir Neill Campbell our Cheif and his kinfmen, upon whom 
that renowned Prince beftowed his royall fifter Lady Marjorie Bruce 
in marriage, pat many favours and marks of his princely love upon 
him, and his houfe and children. 

It was alone at this tyme, in September 1308, that thefe thrie 
valiant knights. Sir Neill Campbell, Sir Alexander Seatoun, Sir 
Gilbert Hay, made Indentouris, yet extant, fublcryved with ther hands 



1661. THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 47 

and fealled with ther fealls, at the Abbay of Canibulkemieth, did 
bind themfelves to ftand to tlie outermoll in defence of ther fove- 
raign King Robert againft all deadly, as the Indentei' bears als well 
French, Engiifli, as Scots. 

King David Bruce I'ucceiding to his fathers crown, a child of fevin 
years old, in the beginning of his reign, anno 1332, then Edward 
Balioll, afifted by many Engiifli and French, and many Scots alfo, did 
ulurp the crown of Scotland, and therafter fupjjorted by Edward the 
3d of England, forced King David to flee to France, for fafity, (his 
partie in Scotland being brought fo low,) or to have loft all the 
ftrength of the Nation, except when none durft avow King David to 
be king. The firft chack to ther ufurping authority was given by the 
Lord Robert Stewart his Majefties royall prediceflbr, who then was 
very young ; but in that great extreamity faithfully afifted by our 
Cheif Sir Collen Campbell and his freinds, who by force invaded the 
caftle of Dunnoone in Co well, took it in by aflault. Ther good fuc- 
cefs was fortunat, and lb well improven by the regents of young 
King David, ftill afifted by our cheif and his freinds, that in end, 
they eftabliflied King David on his Throne. For the which fervice, 
this generous and kynd Prince beftowed many evidents of his royall 
bounty upon our cheif, as his evidents yet extant doe bear, as the 
heretabill keeping of this Caftle, with a yearly penfione for the fame ; 
as alfo he did create, John Campbell fon to Sir Neill, Earle of Athole. 

King James the firft, of eternall and blefled memory, being 18 
years detained prifoner by the Engiifli, his uncle Robert Duke of 
Albany, and his tone Duckc IMurdoch, had in the opinion of all men 
fetled themfelves in the pofTefiion of the croM'n, never mynding to 



48 THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 1661. 

ranfome King James, oi* bring liim home ; yet fuch was tlie hereditary 
and inbred loyalty of our cheiff, Sir CoUeu Campbell, that notwith- 
flanding of his alliance of his cldeft fone, Sir Duncan, in marriage 
with Lady Marjory Stewart, Duke Roberts daughter, yet he rather 
improved ther opportunity of freindfliip to the advantadge of his 
Soveraign, then to his of his alliance, and privat refpe6t, and never 
ceafed till he broght them to condifcend to the ranfoming and re- 
eftablifliing of King James on his fathers throne. 

King James 2"^ in his young years being redacted to great flraits by 
the banding of many great men againft his authority, om- Cheif, then 
Collen Earle of Argyll, did adhere moft conftantly to his Soveraign 
Lord, laying out liimfelf to the outmoft for bringing doun lb danger- 
ous a rebellion, and fettling the Croun in fecurity to his Sovereign. 
His Sone alio Earle Archebald dyed feighting valiantlynear his Sover- 
aign Lord and Prince James the 4"" in the fatall day of Floudon. 

Neither is it to be over paffed that King James the o"* in his 
younger years, as he was to take the goverment in his own hand, was 
plunged into many difficulties, being crofled in his defigns by many 
nobles of the greateft power of this Nation, notwithftanding our 
Chief, Collen Earle of Argyle, flood conftant and firme to the man- 
tainance of the royall authority, and in end was made leivtennent 
generall of all the fouth flip-es ; in which fervice afifted alwayes with 
his kinfman and freinds, he fo behaved himfelf, that within few dayes he 
brought all the kings enemies either to abfolut fubmiffion, or then to 
betake themlelves to banifliment out of the realme. For which fervice 
this king putt a high mark of favour on that. The Charter of his re- 
ward, beareth thefe words, For holding the croun upon our head. 



1661. THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 49 

Queen Maiy, mother to King James the 6*-^ of happy memory, 
efcaping prifon out of the caftle of Lochlevin anno Domini 1568, 
being forfaken (for the moil part) by the Nobilitie, in a moll dan- 
gerous, backflyding tyme ; yet our Cheif, then Archebahl Earle of 
Argyll, retaining his ancient inbred loyalty of that houfe, was not 
wanting to her in her great extreamity, and was generall of her army, 
adhering ftill conftantly therafter to her partie, till fuch tyme as her 
foue King James came to be of confiderable age and underftanding, 
from whofe authority therafter he did never fhrink. 

Wee fliall not vex yom- Majefties patience by making mention 
of many horrid infurreftions and rebellions of Iflanders, and remote 
mountanous men that have been broken, deftroyed and overthrowen 
by our Cheiffs and ther freinds, and how many notorious malefaftors 
and cruell oppreflbrs have been brought from ther ftrong holds and 
inacceffible places, otherwayes hardly to be overtaken without great 
blood fliead and expenee, and yet have been overcome and brought 
by our Cheifs to ther condigne punifliment. Yea we may with all 
confidence and credit avow, that never any of our cheifs, of the houfe 
of Argyll or other Coufings or Cadeitts have been tainted to this day 
with the leaft mark of dyfloyalty or diffobedience to ther foveraign 
lords, the kings of Scotland ; but by the contrar they have alwayes 
been raoft willing, to fett themfelves for bearing doun the infollencie 
of the remote rebellious lawlefs men, which is much occafioned by 
the remotnes and diftance of thefe places quher we live, far from the 
lawes and Juftice, the horror of rocks, woods and mountains con- 
tributing much unto this. Let the mod ancient of men be confulted, 
and all the progrefs of the hiftory of this Nation confidered, and all 



50 THE ARGYLL LETTERS. 1661. 

that we Lave faid fliall be found to be certain and unanfwerable. 
This moved the wyfeft of Princes in his tyme, King James of happy 
memory, to give this teftimony of our family, that it was the foundeft 
and moll loyall family to the croun of Scotland that ever he knew. 

And now, Sir, when your facred Majellie, after fo many fad fuf- 
ferings, hes foe fully tailed of the fweet mercy of Jefus Chrill, who 
hath lifted up your head above all your enemies round about yow, by 
a miracle of unexempled mercy, and when yow are, nixt God, over 
thefe kingdomes, when fo Sir it fliall be your glory to be lyke unto 
God, whole mercies are over all his works, remember our Cheif, 
now in his low condition, with reference to his old progenitors ,and us 
his poor kinfmen ; and as we have allready faid, lett the moH ancient 
and prudent be demanded, and let your regifters and records be 
looked, and try, if ever any other family of Scotland hath done to 
your Majellies royall progenitors foe many acceptable fervices in fo 
many ages, conftantly continowed without any crack, backflyding or 
remiffion ; then fliall it be no greif to your Majeftie, nor offence of 
heart, that yow have not rooted out fo loyall and fo ancient a family, 
who in moft backflyding tymes have fl;ill retained our loyaltie and 
integrity, and it fliall be our dayly prayer to our God to make unto 
your Majeftie and your royall pofterity a fuir houfe ; and this we doe 
all fubfcryve upon the knees of our heart, and our tears in our eyes, 
as your Majellies 

Moll humble and obedient Subjefts & Servants. 
26 Julie 1611. 



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1685. THE ARCxYLL LETTERS. 51 

37. From the Earl of Argyll to his Son on the day of his 
Execution. — 30 June, 1685. 

Edinhur(fh Cajtle 30 June 
Deare James 85. 

Learne to feare God it is the only way to make you happie heere 
and heerafter Loue and refpeft my wifFe and hearken to her aduice 
the Lord blefs you. I am 

Your louing Father 

ARGYLL. 

For 
Mr. James Campbell. 




APPENDIX. 



APPENDIX. 



1. Charter under the Great Seal by King James III. to Colin Earl 
of Argyll, of the keeping of the Caftle of Dunoon in Cowall. — 1 8 Jan. 
1-472. 

Jacobus Dei gratia Rex Scotorum Omnibus probis hominibus tocius 
terre fue clericis et laicis falutem. Sciatis quod commifimus, ct tenore 
prefentium committimus dilefto confanguineo noftro Colino Comiti 
de Ergile, Domino Lorn et Cambell, Magiftro hospicii noftri, cufto- 
diam caflri noftri de Dunvne, cum poteftate conftabularios, janitores, 
carcerum cuftodes, vigiles, ac ceteros Officiarios ad difti Caftri cufto- 
diam neceflarios, conftituendi, ac eofdem de fuis offieiis quotiens opus 
fuerit remouendi, et alios eorum loco imponendi ; ac omnia alia et 
fingula faciendi et perimplendi que ad difti caftri noftri euftodiam 
neceflaria fuerunt feu etiam oportuna. Pro cuiufquidem caftri noftri 
cuftodia conceffimus, et per prefentes concedimus, et donamus, et pro 
perpetuo confirmamus eidem Colino, terras noftras de Bordlande cum 
pertinen, extenden, annuatim ad viginti feptem marcas vfualis mo- 
nete Regni noftri, jacen. in balliatu de Cowale, cum ceteris feodis ad 
euftodiam difti caftri fpeftan. Tenend. et habend. euftodiam difti 
caftri noftri de Dunvne, vnacum terris de Bordlande pro cuftodia 



56 APPENDIX. 1499. 

eiufdeni, dido Coliuo et heredibus fuis, de nobis heredibus et fuccel- 
Ibribus noftris in feodo et hereditate imperpetiuun, cum omnibus et 
Singulis libertatibvis, commoditatibus, et afiamentis, ac juftis fuis perti- 
nentiis quibuscunque, tarn non nominatis quam nominatis, ad diftum 
officium cuftodie caftri, et ad prefatas terras cum pertinen, fpedan, 
leu quouifmodo jufte fpedare valen. in futurum, adeo libere, quiete, 
jdonarie, intcgxe, bonorifice, bene et in pace, iine reucatione aut reti- 
nemento noftri vel luccefforum noltrorum quorumcunque. Reddendo 
inde anuuatim didus Colinus et heredes fui nobis, heredibus. et i'uc- 
ceflToribus noftris, vnam rofam rubeam, apud didum caftrum, pro didis 
terris et officio, in fefto natiuitatis beati Johannis Baptitte, nomine 
albe firme, fi petatur. In cuius Rei teftimonium prefenti carte noftre 
niao-num Sigillum noftrum apponi precipimus. Teftibus reuerendis in 
Chrifto patribus Thonia Epilcopo Aberdonenfi, &c. Apud Edin- 
burgh, decimo o6tauo die menfis Januarii Anno Domini millefimo 
quadringentefimo teptuagefimo iecun<lo, et Regni noftri Decimo 
tertio. — [JM/. Mof/. Si(/. vii. 189.] 



2. Letter under the Privy Seal to Archibald Earl of Argyll of the 
Office of Keeper of the Houfe of Tarbat.— Aug. 22, 1499. 

A Lettir maid to Archibald Erie of Ergile, Lord Campbell &c. of the 
keping of the hous of Tarbat, togidder with the balyery of governans of 
the landis of Knapdale pertening to the Kingis hienes, and als of the 
proffitis and dewiteis pertening to the lamyn, to endur for our 
Soveranis Lordis ^yill cvjc. — Aug. 22, 1499. — [-St^.y. Sec. Si</. i. 101.] 



1529. APPENDIX. 57 

3. Commiffion to Archibald Earl of Argyll of the office of Juflice 
General within the bounds of the Lordfliipof the Ifles. — Apr. 26,1500. 

Jacobus, &c. Omnibus probis hominibus fuis ad quos prefentes litere 
pervenerint, Salutem, Sciatis quod fecimus, conftituimus et ordinavi- 
mus, ac tenore prefentium facimus, conftituimus, et ordinamus dilec- 
tum confiliarium et Cancellarium Archibaldum coinitem de Ergile, 
dominum Campbell et Lome, noftrum Locumtenentem generalem 
infra bondas dominii noftri Infularum et terre firme ejufdem, olim 
Johanni Domino Infularum pertinen. Infula de lie et duobus le 
Kintiris exceptis. Dan. et conceden. eidem Arcliibaldo, noftro Lo- 
cumtenenti, noftram plenariam poteftatem, et mandatum fpeciale, 
infra didas bondas et partes, ac terras infra eafdem, necnon nollros 
ligeos et fubditos in eifdem commoran. et remanen. regulandi et gu- 
bernandi, ftatuta, ordinationes, et regimina inter eos pro gubernatione 
eorundem concedendi, &c. &c. — 26 Apr. 1500 [■Re(/. Sec. Siff i, 122.] 



4. Letter imder the Privy Seal to Archibald Earl of Argyll, of the 
office of Juftice General, &c.— 28 Oft. 1529. 

Preceptuni Litere Archibaldi Comitis Ergadie conftituens eum Juf- 
ticiarium Generalem infra totum regnum Scocie,ac Magiftrum holpicii 

5. D. N. Regis pro toto tempore vite fue. Dan, et conceden, &c. — 
Apud Drumfreis 28 Oft. 1529.— i^e^r. Sec. Si(). viii, 132. 

H 



58 APPENDIX. 1541. 

5. Protc6lion to Archibald Earl of Argyll and his friends during his 
abfence M'ith the King in France and until his return. — 28 Aug. 1 536. 

Ane prote6tioun, refpitt, faufgard, and exeniptioun maid to Archibald 
Erie of Ergile, Lord Campbell and Lornc, his kin, freyndis, and 
feruaudis, John Campbell of Caldour knycht, John Campbell of 
Lundy knycht, &c. &c. &c. to the nowmer of ij^ perfonis, to Indure 
fra the day of our Soverane Lordis departing furth of his realme 
quhill his retuniyng agane within the famyn and xl dais therefter. 
Exemand tliame and ilkane of thame fra all anfuering and compering 
before quhatfumever Juge or Jugeis fpirituale or temporale during 
the faid fpace &c. At Stirling 28 Auguft 15.36 Per Siguaturam — 
'iRey. Sec. Si;), x, 153, 157.] 



6. Letter under the Privy Seal to Archibald Earl of Argyll, of the 
office of principal Keeper of the foreft of Mammyllorne in Braidal- 
bane.— Dec. 30, 1541. 

Ane Letter maid to Archibald Eric of Ergile, JSIakand liini principale 
kepar of our Soverane Lordis foreft of Mammyllorne in Braidalbane, 
during our faid Soverane Lordis will ; ^^'ith power to him to mak and 
depute under him fervandis and keparis of the fammyn, and thame 
to remove, output and Input als oft as he plefis &'' At Edinburgh 
the penult day of December the geir of God I™ V xli geris. — Per 
Signaturam \_Iie(/. Sec. Sicj. xv. 67-] 



1573. APPENDIX. 59 

7. The Testament Dative and Inventar of the Guidis, Geir &c. 
pertening to Archibald Earl of Argyll. — Sept. 1573. 

The Teftament datiue and Inuentar of the guidis geir foumes of money 
and dettis pertening to vmquhile ane nobill and michtie lord Archi- 
bald erle of Argile Lord Campbell and Lome Chancellar of Scotland 
the tyme of his deceis Qulia deceift in the moneth of September the 
geir of Cod I™ V^ Ixxiijgeiris ffaithfullie maid and gevinvp be ane nobill 
and potent Lord Coline erle of Argile Lord Campbell and Lome his 
bruther and executour datiue decernit to him be decreit of the Com- 
miffaris of Edinburgh as the lame of the dait the viij day of May the 
geir of God I™ V*= Ixxvj geris at lenth proportis. 

In the firft the faid vmquhile nobill and michtie Lord had the guidis 
geir Ibumes of money and dettis of the avale and prices efter follow- 
ing pertening to him the tyme of his deceis foirlaid viz. in vtencilis 
and domicilis with filuer wark by the airfchip eftimat to the foume 
of foure hundreth pundis. 

Suma of the Inuentar iiij'^ lib. 

Followis the dettis awand to the Deid. 
Item thair wes awand to the faid vmquhile nobill and michtie 
Lord be his tennentis refpe6tiue eftir following for thair half 
fermes of the crope and geir of God I™ V'^ Ixxiij geris viz. be his 
tennentis of Lome for thair half fermes of the crope foirfaid Ivi bollis 
raele price of the boll xxiiij s. Summa Ivij lib. iiij s. Item awand be 
the tennentis of Argile for thair half fermes Ixxilij bollis mele price 
of the boll xxiiij s. Summa Ixxxviij lib. xvj s. Item awand be the ten- 



60 APPENDIX. 1573. 

nentis within the bouiulis of Cowall Ix boUis mele price of the boll 
xxiiij s. Summa Ixxij lib. Item awand be the tennentis of the ten 
pund land of Campbell xxiiij boUis vittall price of the boll xxxiij s. 
iiij d. Summa xl lib. Item awand be the tennentis of Menftrie fex 
chalder malt price of the boll xl s. Summa j*^ Ixxxxij lib. Item mair 
xvj bollis ferme mele price of the boll xxiiij s. Summa xix lib. iiij s. 
Item mair ane chalder quheit price of the boll xl s. Summa xxxij lib. 
Item awand be the tennentis of Lome xv bollis beir price of the boll 
xxxiij s. iiij d. Summa xxv lib. Item be the tennentis of Argyle xx 
bollis beir price of the boll xxxiij s. iiij d. Summa 1 merkis Item 
awand be the tennentis of Cowall xl bollis beir price of the boll foir- 
faid Summa j<^ merkis Item awand be the tennentis of Lome Cowall 
and Argile for thair Witfounday termes male in anno foirfaid Ixvj lib. 
xiij s. iiij d. Item awand of male martis and in the Bowhoufis fevin 
Icoir martis price of the pece ourheid iiij lib. Summa y" Ix lib. Item 
awand be the tennentis of Argile Cowall Lome and Campbell fex 
Icoir ftanes cheis price of the ftane ourheid vj s. viij d. Summa xl lilj. 
Item awand be the tennentis of the baroneis of Mukkert Dollour and 
Menftrie for thair faid Witfounday males time fcoir nyne pundis fex 
fchillingis audit penneis Item awand be Sehir James Hamrailtoun 
for the efchete gudis and reftis of Robert fumtyme Bifchop of Dun- 
keld the foume of twa hundreth and fourtie pundis. 

Summa of the dettis awand to the deid I" j'^^ xij lib. iiij s. 
Summa of the Inuentar with the dettis 11™ xij lib. iiij s. 
To be deuidit in twa pairtis The deidis pairt is I™ vj lib. ij s. 
Quhairof the quot is componit for xl lib. 



1584. APPENDIX. 61 

8. The Testament Testamentar and Inventar of the Guidis Geir &c. 
pertening to umquhile Lord Colline Erie of Argyll &c. Juftice Ge- 
nerall of Scotland, and Latter Will of the faid Erie. — 5 Sept. 1584. 

The Teftament Teftamentar and Inuentar of the guidis, geir, fowmes 
of money, and dettis pertening to vmquhile ane noble and potent 
Lord, Collene Erie of Argyll, Lord Campbell and Lome, Chancellar 
and Juftice Generall of Scotland &c. at the tyme of his deceife, qiilia 
deceift in the place of Darneway, vjjoun the tent day of September, 
the geir of God I"" V*^ Ixxxiiij geiris ffaythfuUie maid and gevin vp 
be ane uobill and potent Lady, Dame Annas Keyth, Countes of 
Argyle, his relift Ipous, quhome the faid vmquhile nobill and potent 
Lord nominat and conftitut his onlie executrix and intromeffatrix, 
with his haill guidis and geir, &c. In his Latter Will vnderwritten, 
of the dait at Darneway the fyft day of September, the geir of 
God foirfaid, as the lamyn, fubfcriuit be the faid vmquhile nobill 
Lordis awin hand, witneffis, wnderwrittin at lenth proportis. 

In the firft, the faid vmquhile noble and potent Lord Colene Erie 
of Argyle, Lord Campbell and Lome, Chancier and Juftice Generall 
of Scotland, &c. had the guidis, geir, foumes of money, and dettis of 
the awaill and prices efter following, pertening to him the tyme of 
his deceife foirfaid, viz. vpoun the ground and landis of 
within the bowhouflis of Argile, pertening to the faid vmquhile 
noble and potent Lord, xv fcoir ky, price of the pece ourheid v ti. 
yj s. viij d. Summa I"" vj'^ ti. Item, vpoun the ground and landis of 



62 APPENDIX. 1584. 

Campbell, thrie hundretli wedderis, price of the pece ourheid xx s. 
Summa iij<^ Ix ii. Item, in filiier wark by the airfchipe, tua filuer 
baffingis, tua laweris, audit filuer coupis, thrie filuer faltfattis, tuelf 
trunfcheouris of filuer, tua filuer flackonnes, faxtene filuer fpoynes, 
thrie homes fet with filuer, ane mal'cer, tua filuer fuitis with thair 
coueris, extending in wecht to xx pund weclit of filuer wark, price 
of the vnce wecht xl s. Summa vj<= xl ii money. Item, in Campbell, 
auchtene pece of tapefl;rie, by the airfchipe, eftimat and extending to 
the foume of tua hundreth ti. Item, in vtencilis and domiciles with 
armour within the places of Darneway, Campbell, Denn\Tie, and In- 
uerairray, with the abuilgementis and ornamentis of the faid \TJiquhile 
nobill lordis body, by the airfchipe, efl;imat and extending be jufl; cal- 
ctilatioun to the fowme of viij= Ixviti. xiiis. iiij d. 

Summa of the Inuentar iij™ vj*^ Ixvj ti. xiij s. iiij d. 

Na dettis awand to the faid vmquhile noble and potent Lord. 

FoUowis the dettis awand be the laid vmquhile nobill and 

potent Lord. 
Item, thair was awin be the faid vmquhile nobill and potent Lord 
Colene Erie of Argyle, Lord Campbell and Lome, Chancellar and 
.Juftice Generall of Scotland, &c., to vmquhile Dame Jane Cwnyng- 
hame, auld Lady of Argyle, for ane annuelrent furth of the laid vm- 
quhile nobill and potent Lordis landis of Baquhen and Boquhoppell, 
refl;en the Mertymes terme in anno I"" "\'''= Ixxxiij geiris and Wit- 
founday terme hi anno I™ V Ixxxiiij geiris, the fowme of iij*" iij ti. 
vj s. viij d. Item, mair to Mr. Ncill Camjabell, bifchope of Argyle, for 
the teynd of Dennvne in amio I™ V*" Ixxxiiij geiris, the fowme of j*^ ti. 
Item, awin to the King his Majcfl;ie for the few male of Argyle in 



1584. APPENDIX. 6S 

anno I™ V^ Ixxxxiiij geiris the Ibwme of j*^ ti. Item, awin to the King 
his Majeftie, for the few maill of Teilling in anno I"" ¥*= Ixxxiiij 
geiris, the fowme of thrielboir vi ti. xiij s. iiij d. 

Summa of tlie dettis awin be the faid vmquhile nobill and 

potent Lord .... vj*^ ti. 

Reftis of frie geir the dettis deducit, iij°^ Ixvj ti. xiij s. iiij d. 

To be deuidit in thrie pairtis. The deidis 

pairt is, . . . j'" xxij ti. iiij s. vd. 

Quhairof the Quot is componit for xl ti. 

Followis the faid vmquhile noble and potent Lordis Legacie 
and Latter vill. 

At Darneway, the fyft day of September, the geir of God I"* V' 
fourfcoir four geiris. The quhilk day ane noble and mychtie Lord 
Colene Erie of Argyle, Lord Campbell and Lome, Chanceller and 
Juftice Generall of this realme, maid his Legacie and Latter Will as 
efter followis. That is to fay, — I Colene Erie of Argyle, Lord Camp- 
bell and Lome, Chanceller and Juftice Generall of this realme, being 
feik in body and haill in mynd, lewis my fault to the eternall Fader 
of hevin, and my banes to be bureit be my fi-eindis in the College 
kirk of Kilmun. Nixt I leif my fone Archibald, with his haill kin 
and freindis, to the proteftioun and mentenance of my Maifter, the 
Kingis Maieftie, quhome I maift humble craif to accept in his gra- 
tious mentinance, and that in refpe6t of the trew feruice my predi- 
ceflburis hes done, and that I Mas willing to do, gif God fpairit my 
dayis, and ordanis my faid fone and his freindis, to remane trew aiid 



64 APPENDIX. 1584. 

conftant fervvandes vnto liis hienes, as lie and thai will defcrue my 
bliffing. Item, I leif my fpous, Dame Annas Keytli, tutrix tefla- 
mentar vnto my fone Archibald, and that during liis minoritie, and 
alfe I leif my faid fpous, my onlie executrix and intromeflatrix with 
my haill guidis and geir. Item, I leif my fone Colene in the go- 
uernament of Dougall Campbell of Auchinbrek, and efter him to my 
faid fpous, induring the tyme of his minoritie, and fcho be intromef- 
fatrix with his haill leving, and to put the farnyn to his vtilitie and 
proffeit as fcho will anfuer unto God. Itcin, I leif my dochter Annas 
in the gouernament of hir moder, and to be brocht vp be hir ; and gif 
it pleis God to bring hir to the perfedioun of mariage, to be fett 
fordwart be my fone Archibald and his freindis, quhom I ordane to 
pay hir tocher. Item, it is my will that my fone Colling haif na 
pairtage of geir, infycht or outfyclit, except famekle as is vpoun his 
awin rowmes plenefit, that is now in my poffeffion, nor git the faid 
Annas to acclame ony pairtag of the faid geir, bot that the haill 
A'ndeA'ydit, except my wifis pairt, remane Mith my fone Archibald, 
and that in refped he man pay the tocher of my faid dochter Annas, 
and help and raentene my faid fone CoUene, be adwyfe of his freindis 
vnderwrittin. Item, becaus the burding wilbe havie to my faid fpous 
to reull and governe the cuntrie of Argyll and Lome &c induring 
the tyme of my fonis minoritie I will and ordane to be adjunit with 
hir in that behalfe, the intromiffioun of geir allanerlie except, thir 
perfounes following conjun&lie, that is to fay, Duncane Campbell of 
Glenvrquhy, Dougall Campbell of Auchinbrek, Johne Campbell of 
Calder, James Campbell of Arkinglafs comptrollar, Archibald Camj)- 
bell of Lochingell, and Mr. Neill Campbell Bifchope of Argyll, quhais 



1584. APPENDIX. G5 

fouiilull my fail! Ijjous fall follow in all thingis concerning the weill 
of my fone and his cuntre ; and that na fubfcriptioun be maid towart 
the reflaweing of tennentis, diflribution of geir, or vther mater of 
importance, but the fubfcriptioun of thir thrie of the faidis perfounes, 
or ony tua of thame, to wit, James Campbell of Ardkinglafs, Johne 
Campljell of Calder, and JMr. Neill Campbell Bifchope of Argyll, as 
men maift eweift and acquent with the cffairis of the cuntrie. Item, 
I leif and ordanes my fax freindis foirfaidis, with aduife of my faid 
Ipous, to modifie ane lewing to Collene Cami^bell, gounger fone natu- 
rall to my broder vmquhile Archibald Erie of Argyll, and that the 
faid Collene vfe and follow thar counfall in all thingis ; and ficlyke, 
that his filter Jane Campbell be fott fordwart to liir mariage, and hii- 
tocher payit, according to my promeis, be my fone Archibald and his 
freindis. And alfe I leif Elfpeth Campbell, naturall dochter to my 
Ainquhile broder, Archibald Erie of Argyll, to my fone, and to l)e 
fett fordwart in hir mariage be him and my freindis foirfaidis. Item, 
I leif my faid fpous to aflc and craif all maner of dettis awand to mc, 
and ficlyke to pay all maner of dettis that mycht be jufllie craifit of 
me ; becaus I am nocht of memorie that is awand to me, nor quhat 
I am awand to vtheris. Item, I leif my baill fervandis to be j^ayit 
of tliair feallies and rewairdis honeftlie at the fycht of my wyff and 
freindis foirfaid, as thai will anfuer to God at the latter day. And this, 
my latter will and teftament, I mak manifeft. In witncs quhairof I haif 
fubfcryvit tlie famyn with my awin hand, day, jeir and place foirfaid, 
and befoir thir witnefTes, Sir James Campbell of Ardkinglafs knycht 
Comptrollar to our Souerane Lord, Thomas Tutour of Louett, Thomas 
Mailer of Boyd, Mr. Dougall Campbell Dene of Brichen, George 

I 



66 APPENDIX. 1584. 

Dumbar of Aullek, Alexander Stewart of Ballochmertene, and Johne 
Ogftoun feruitoiir to the faid noble lord, and Collene Leithe, with 
vtheris diuerfe. Sic fubfcribitur Argyle, Ja. C. Arkinglafs, Thomas 
Frafer of Knoky witnes, M. D. Campbell witnefs, Thomas Boyd 
Avituefs, Alex'' Stewart witnefs, George Dumbar, Collene M'^Cleithe 
of Craiginterf, Johne Ogftoun witnefs. 

At Darneway the viij day of September, the geir of God 1°' V*^ 
Ixxxiiij geiris in prefens of the AvitnefRs vnder writtin, thay ar to fay, 
Duncane Campbell of Glenvrquhy, James Campbell of Ardkinglafs, 
Collene Leithe, James Kcyth, ]Mr. Dougall Campbell Dene of 
Brechen, and Johnne Ogftoun, I, Colene Erie of Argyle Lord Camp- 
bell and Lome, Chancellar and Juftice Generall of this realme, being 
feik in body and haill in mynd, ratifeis and appreuis my Latter will 
and teftament, quhilk is maid and fubfcryvit be me at Darneway the 
fyft day of September, the geir of God I™ V"^ Ixxxiiij geiris, in all 
pointis and heidis contenit thairin, with this addiflioun to be eikit 
thairto : That albeit, I haif left and ordanit my fpous, Danie Annas 
Keyth, tutrix teftamentar vnto my fone Archibald induring his 
minoritie, and alfua intromeflatrix with my haill guidis and geir, 
and executrix thairof ; git gif it falhappin, as God forbid, my faid 
fpous to inlaik induring the tyme of my fonnes faid minoritie, or that 
fdio happin to marie or be cuppled to ane hufband, but the aduife 
and confent of Duncane Campbell of Glenvrquhy, Dougall Campbell 
of Auchinbrek, Johnne Campbell of Calder, James Campbell of 
Ardinglafs, Archibald Campbell of Lochingell, and JNIr. Neill Camj)- 
bell Bifchope of Argyle, or of the maift pairt of thame ; in that cace, 



1584. APPENDIX. 67 

I will that fcho haif na forder place to occupy the faidis offices of 
tutrix and executrix, bot that the faid Mr. Neill Campbell Bilchope 
of Argyll enter as tutour teftamentar vnto my fone and exeeutour 
vnto me, quhome I admit and chefis in hir place and rowme, and 
the faid Mr. Neill to mak compt and rakkining of all his intromiffioun 
to my freindis foirfaid, fua that the famyn may be furthcumand to 
the vtilitie and proffeit of my fonne ; and gif it falhajipin that my 
faid fpous remane tutrix and intromeflatrix with my faid fonnes lewing, 
that fcho beftow the proffeit and excreflance thairof quhilk remanis 
over his awin chargis and the chargis of his effairis to his vtilitie and 
proffeit, aither be reparatioun of his houffis or vtherwayis, be adwyfe 
of the freindis foirfaid, as fcho will anfuer vnto God. Alfua, gif my 
laid fpous inlaik be deceife allanerlie, I will tliat the tutorie and 
governament of my fecund fonne Collene becum into the handis of 
Alexander Bifchope of Brechen, quhome I admit and chefis tutour 
vnto him during the tyme of his minoritie, incafe of my faid fpous 
inlaik as faid is, and to intromet with his leving ; and that he fall 
mak compt of his intromiffioun to my freindis foirfaid, quhilk falbe 
furthcumand to my faid fonne Collene his vtilitie and proffeit, and 
beftowit be adwyfe of my faidis freindis. Attour incace of inlaik of my 
wyf, as faid is, I leif the gouernament of my dochter Annas vnto the 
faid Johne Campbell of Calder, and to his wyf, hir modir fifter, with 
the intromiffioun of hir haill leving that fcho hes or may fall vnto hir, 
quhilk thai fall put to hir vtilitie and proffeit, as thai will anfuer to 
God, and thai to be comptabill for the fame to the freindis foirfaid. 
And ficlyke, I ordane that na fubfcriptioun of reffauyng of tennentis 
be maid, or diflributioun of geir, or ony vther mater of importance, 



68 APPENDIX. 1584. 

but the advyifs of Duncane Campbell of Glenvrquhy, Johne Campbell 
of Calder, and James Campbell of Arkinglas. And now, laft of all, 
I leif my fone Archibald to be brocht vp be his mother and my freindis 
in the feir of God ; and ordanis and "willis him and thame that thai 
neuer fuarf nor fchrink bak frome the treu religioun of Jefus Cryft 
profeffit and jirechit within this realme, bot that thai, with thair 
bodeyis and guidis, manteue and fett forward the famin to the vtter- 
meft of thair poweris in all places, fpecialie within the boundis of 
Argyle and Lome ; and that thai bald hand to the Kirk and Minifteris 
in pvniffing of vices, according to the ordour admittit and reffauit in 
the kirk within the faidis boundis, as thai will deferue the bliffing of 
the eternale God, and myne. And this, my lattere and laft %\ill, I 
mak manifeft. In witnes quhairof I and my faid fpous, with the witnelis 
foirfaidis, hes fubfcriuit the famyn with our handis, day, geir and 
place foirfaid. Sic fubfcribitur Argyle, Ja. C. Arkinglas, Duncane 
Campbell of Glenvrquhy witnes, James Keyth witnes, Johne Ogftoun 
witnes. 

We, Mr. Johne Preftoun, &c. be the tennour heirof, ratifies, appreuis, 
and confermis this prefent Teftament or Inventar, infafar as the 
lamyn is deuly and lauchfuUie maid, of the guidis and geir foirfaidis 
allanerlie ; and geuis and committis the intromiflioun with the famin 
to the laid Dame Annas Keyth, onlie executrix teftamentar uominat 
be the faid vmqubill nobill Lord, referuand compt to be maid be 
her thairof, as accordis of the law. And fcho being fworne maid faith 
treulie to exerce the laid ofiice, and hes fundin cautioun, that the 
gudis and geii- foirfaidis falbe furthcumand to all pairteis haifand 
intres as law will, as ane a6t maid thairvpoun beiris. 



1584. APPENDIX. 69 

9. Letter under the Privy Seal by King James VI. Ratifying the 
above Teftament, &c.— 2 Oaober 1584. 

Ane Letter maid, Makand mention That cure fouerane Lord, re- 
membering the thankfull and gude feruice of vmquhile Coline Erie of 
Ergile, Lord Campbell and Lome, Chancellare and Juflice Generall of 
this realme, continewit alwayis to his depairting from this lyfe in 
Godis feir and his hienes trew obedience, leving fingulare taikines of 
his luif, affeftioun and treuth toAvard his Maieflie, and committing the 
cair, faulfgaird, and protedioun of his goung fone, hous, and freindis 
vnder God vnto his hienes his Maieftie, accepting in gude pairt, and 
allowing of the latter will of his faid vmquhile coufing, and Ipeciall 
confidence repofit in his Majeftie, Thairfore Ratifieand, apprevand, 
and for his hienes and his fucceflbures pcrpetuallie confirmand, the 
Teftament and Latter Will maid be the faid vmquhile Erie of Ergile, 
the conftitutioun of the tutorie teftamentare to his bairnis and 
pofteritie, and order left and appointit for governament of his hous 
affairis, cuntreis and offices during the minoritie and left aige of his 
lone and apperand air, and remanent bairnis ; and willis and grantis 
and for his hienes and his fucceflburis decernis and declairis that 
the faid Latter Will and Teftament, the faid tutorie teftamentare, 
and the foirfaid order and direftioun x^ontenit thairin, fall remane 
firrae and immutabill, according to the will and mynde of the defunft, 
taikand his rycht traift coufing Archibald now Erie of Ergile, the 
fone, air, and fucceffoure of his faid vmquhile rycht traift coufing. 
Dame Annas Keith his relift, thair bairnis, counfallouris, and freindis, 
appointit for the governament of his hous, thair affairis, adionis, 



70 APPENDIX. 1584. 

cauffis, landis, heretageis, lionouris, offices, levingis, pofleffionis, guidis, 
and geir, vnder his bienes firme peax fupplie, mantenance, protec- 
tioun, defence, and faulfgaird, to be vnburt, vnbarmit, vnmoleftit, 
troubbt, or in ony wyfe perfewit vtberwyfe then be the ordinare 
lawis and courfe of Juftice of the realme ; and gevis and coni- 
mittis vnto thame full power and authoritie to execute and fet 
furdwart his bienes authoritie in all tbingis tending to the gude 
and quiet governament of the cuntreis, boundis, and pepill being 
vnder the jurifdidioun and rewle of the faid Erie of Ergile, according 
to the lawis and lovable cuftomes of this realme, and the liberteis, 
priuilegeis, and commiffionis grantit to his foirbearis, and con- 
forme to the generall bandis and orders aggreed vnto, and fubfcriuit 
be the baronis and landit men of Ergile, and vtheris the faid Erlis 
boundis of auld, for the keiping of publift quietnes and ftancheing 
of the infolence of lymmaris and malefa6bouris in tyme bygane ; 
quhilkis his Iiienes willis and declaris to Hand in full effed and force 
during the minoritie and lefs aige of the faid Archibald, now Erie of 
Ergile, &c. With command thairin to officiaris of armes to mak publi- 
catioun of the fame be oppin proclamatioun at thair mercat croces 
of the heid burrowis of this realme, and vtheris places neidfuU ; and 
to command and charge all and findrie his bienes liegis, that nane of 
thame prefume or tak vpoun hand to do or attempt ony thing tending 
to the violatioun or prejudice of this his bienes declairit ^Till, protec- 
tioun, and faulfgaird, as thai will anfuer to his JNIaieftie at thair bettir 
maift charge and perrell, and -vTider all hieaft pane, charge and offence 
&c. At Halieruidhous, the fecund day of Oftober, I™ V*^ Ixxxiiij geiris. 

Per Signaturam. 



1587. APPENDIX. 71 

10. The Testament Testamentar and Inventar of the Guidis, Geir, 
Sowmes of Money, and dettis pertening to umquhill Dame Jane 
Stewart Countes of Argyle, relid of umquhile Archibald Erie of 
Argyle &c. &c. — 7 Jan. 1587. 

The Teftament Teftamentar and Inuentar of the guidis, geir, fowmes 
of money, and dettis pertening to vmquhile ane nobill and potent 
Ladie Dame Jane Stewart Countes of Argyle, relift of vmquhile ane 
nobill and potent Lord Archibald Erie of Argyle, Lord Campbell 
and Lome &c. the tyme of hir deceis, quha deceiffit in the Cannogait 
befyd Edinburgh vpoun the fe-vint day of Januar the geir of God 
jm yc ixxxvij geiris, faythfuUie maid and gevin vp be Katrene Ham- 
miltoun hir feruitrix, fpous to Capitane James Bruce in the Canno- 
gait, quhome the faid vmquhile nobill and potent Ladie nominat. 
maid, and conftitut hir onlie executrix teftamentar and onlie intro- 
meflatrix with hir haill guidis, geir, fowmes of money, and dettis &c. 
in hir latterwillis vnderwrittin, of the daitis at Edinburgh and the 
Cannogait the faxt day of May, the tuentie-fax day of December, and 
fyft day of Januar refpeftiue the geir of God foirfaid, as the famyn at 
lenth proportis. 

In the firft, the faid vmquhile Dame Jane Stewart Countes of 
Argyle, reli6t of vmquhile ane nobill and potent Lord Archibald Erie 
of Argyle, Lord Campbell and Lome &c. had the guidis, geir, fowmes 
of money, and dettis of the awaill and prices efter following perten- 
ing to hir as hir awin proper guidis and geir the tyme of hir deceis 
foirfaid viz. Item of cungeit gold in poife ij*^ and xxx crounes of the 



72 APPENDIX. 1587. 

foune, price of the pace ourheid 1 s. Summa vc Ixxv lib. Item mair 
xvj angell nobillis, price of the pece ourheid iiij lib. Summa Ixiiij lib. 
Item mair xvj doubill doucattis, price of the pece ourheid vj lib. 
Summa Ixxxxvj lib. Item ane Portingall doucat, price thairof xxx lib. 
Item tua rofe nobillis, price of the pece ourheid vij lib. Summa 
xiiij lib. Item ane pece of gold callit ane fouerane, price thairof 
xiiij lib. Item of reddy filuer the fowme of ij" vij lib. money. Item 
in filuer wark thriefcoir ten vnce wecht, price of the vnce ourheid xl s. 
Summa j<= xl lib. Item in gold fmyth wark ane cheingie of gold and 
fyve fcoir fax buttounes of gold brokin wark weyand all xvj vnce wecht 
of gold, price of the vnce ourheid xx lib. Summa iij*= xx lib. Item in 
vtencilis and domicilis with the abuilgementis of hir bodie eftimat 
and extending to the fowme of ane hundreth merkis money. Item 
ane taiblet of gold and ane gold ring weyand ane vnce and ane half 
vnce wecht, price of the vnce xx lib. Summa xxx lib. 

Summa of the Inuentar with the dettis 1"° v' Ivj lib. xiij s. iiij d. 

^FoUowis the dettis awin to the faid vmquhile nobill and po- 
tent Lady 

Item thair was awin to the faid vmquhile nobill and potent 
lady Dame Jane Stewart Countes of Argyle, reli6t of \anquhile ane 
nobill and potent lord Archibald Erie of Argyle, Lord Campbell and 
Lome &c. be George Home Laird of Broxmouth for his ferme and 
dewtie of the faid vmquhile nobill Ladyis conjunft fie landis of Me- 
kill and Littill Pincartounes of the crope and geir of God I™ "V= 
Ixxxvij geiris xx chalderis widuall quhairof ten chalderis quheit at v 



1587. APPENDIX. 73 

lib. the boll, and ten chalderis beir at iiij lib. the boll. Summa I"" iiij<= xl 
lib. Item awin be James Lord Ogilwie for the fermes of the landis 
of Farnell of the crope and geii* of God I" V*^ Ixxxvij geiris xvi chal- 
deris of viftuall, half beir, half meill, jirice of the boll ourheid iiij lib. 
Summa I"" xxiiijlib. money. Item mair awin be the faid George Home 
of Broxmouth for the dewtie of the faidis landis of Pinkartoun in 
anno foirlaid xxv bollis aittis, price of the boll iij lib. Summa Ixxv lib. 
Summa of the dettis awin to the faid vmqnhile nobill and 
potent Lady extendis to . ij'" v*= xxxix lib. 
Summa of thelnuentar with the dettis iiij™ Ixxxxv lib. xiijs. 4 d. 

Followis the dettis awin be the faid vmquhile nobill and po- 
tent Lady. 

Item thair was awin be the faid vmquhile nobill and potent 
Lady Dame Jane Stewart Countes of Argyle, reli6l of vmquhile ane 
nobill and potent Lord Archibald Erie of Argyle, Lord Campbell and 
Lome &c. to William Cockie goldfmyth burges of the Cannogait for 
ane geiris maill of the Ludgeing in the Cannogait occupyit be the 
faid vmquhile nobill and potent Ladie in anno I™ V^ Ixxxvij geiris the 
fowme of Iiij lib. vj s. viij d. Item awin to Mathew Hammiltoun 
gentilman feruitour to the faid nobill Ladie for his geiris fie the 
fowme of xxvi lib. xiij s. iiij d. Item awin to Marioun Bruce ferui- 
trice to the faid vmquhile nobill Ladie for hir geiris fie the fowme of 
xxvj lib. xiij s. iiij d. 

Summa of the dettis awin be the faid vmquhile nobill and 
potent Ladie extendis to j*^ vj lib. xiij s. iiij d. 



74 APPENDX. 1587. 

Reftis of frie geir, the dettis deducit, iij™ ix' Ixxxix lib. 

Na diuifioun. 

Quhairof the quot is componit for j<^ merkis. 

Followis the faid vmquhile nobill and potent Ladyis Legaeie 
and Latter Will. 

Be it Kend till all men be thir prefent lettres We Dame Jane Stewart 

Countes of Argyle being now at the plefour of almychtie God feiklie 

and difeifit in our perfone, bot haill in fpreit, thankis to God thairfoir, 

and feing thair is nathing mair certane than deith nor mair uncertane 

nor the tyme, willing thairfoir in the meyne t)Tne to prowyd our warld- 

lie effairis in caife of our deceiie at the gud plefour of God ; Thairfoir 

to half nominat maid and conftitut, and be the tennour heirof nomi- 

natis, makis, and conflitutis our weilbelouit feruitrice, and maift fpe- 

ciall friend Katrene Hammiltoun, fpous to Capitane James Bruce, our 

irreuocabill executrice, and onlie iutromeflatrix with all and fundrie 

our guidis, geir, dettis, infycht plenneffing, and vtheris quhatfumewer 

pertening to us be onie maner of way, leifand and difponand the famyn 

to hir per ItheramDiffofitionem inter vivos, and that in recompence of hir 

trew and faythfuU feruice done to ws thir monie geiris bygane, and 

for fatiffaftioun of all maner of fowmes, dettis, fies, and vtheris that we 

ar auchtand to hir for ony occafioun bygane, with power to hir to in- 

tromet with, vptak, afk, craif, and reflaue the famyn, vfe and difpone 

thairvpoun as hir awin proper guidis and geir at hir plefour. And this 

to all and findrie quhome it eflfeiris we make it knawin be thir pre- 

fentis, fubfcryvit with our handis at Edinburgh the faxt day of May 

the geir of God I" Y" Ixxxvii geiris, befoir thir witneffes Mr. Henry 



1587. APPENDIX. 75 

M'^Calgean of Cliftounliall aduocat, Mathew Hammiltoune, and Mr. 
George Makiefone noter publi6t heirto requyrit, Sic fubfcribitur 
Countes of Argyle, Mr. Henry M'^Calgeane witnes, with my hand, 
Mathew Hammiltoun of Achinlochane witnes. Eodem diefuprqfcript, 
meri/eqtie et anno predi6i., et coram tejlibus prenominatis, di3. Katherina 
Hammiltoun fuper Jingulis premijjls a me notario fvhlico fubfcripto Jibi 
fieri peciit iti/irumentum in vberiori fm-ma extenden., liwam circiter 
quartam pojl meridiem. Ita ejl Georgiv^s M'^Kiefcme tiotarius pvhlicus in 
premijjls rogatus manufua. 

Wpoun the xxvj day of December, the geir of God I™ V'' Ixxxvij 
geiris, I noter publift vnderwi-ittin, at command of ane honorabill 
Lady, Dame Jane Stewart, Countes of Argyle, in prefens of the wit- 
neffis vnder fpecifeit, oppinlie red hir teftament, dewyfe, and Latter- 
will, nominating and conftituand hir weilbelouit feruitrice Katrene 
Hammiltoun fpous to Captane James Bruce, hir onlie executrix and 
intromeflatrix, with all hir guidis and geir, as the faid teftament, fub- 
fcrjrvit with the faid Dame Janes awin hand, of the dait at Edin- 
burgh the faxt day of May, the geir of God I™ V* Ixxxvij geiris, at 
mair lenth proportis ; And the faid Dame Jane appro ifit the faid tefta- 
ment to be gTide, and to half irreuocabill ftrenth and effed : Thairfoir 
the faid Dame Jane Stewart requyrit and commandit the faid Kat- 
rene Hammiltoun to gif and delyuer to Dame Marie Stewart maiftres 
of Gray tua gounes, viz. ane of clayth of gold, and the vther of blak 
weluot, pafmentit with pafmentis of gold, and ane pair of muift beidis 
of gold. For the whilkis the faid Dame Jane willit and commandit 
the faid Dame Marie Stewart to be alfe gude, and to fatillfie the faid 
Katrene Hammiltoun. Wharvpoun the faid Katrene Hammiltoun 



76 APPENDIX. 1587- 

afkit inftrumentis ane or ma fra me, noter publift. vnderwrittin. And 
this was done in the faid Dame Jane Stewart hir awin Ludgeing in the 
Cannogait, day and geir foirfaid, at nyne houris efternone or thairby 
of the faid day, befoir thir witneffes, Mr. John Lajmg keipar of our 
Souerane Lordis fignet, and Eduard Kincaid his feruand, WiUiam 
Cocky goldfmyth burges of Edinburgh, James Maitland vncle to 
Johne Maitland of Auchincaffill, Mathew Hammiltoun of Auchin- 
lochane, and John Broun feruand to the faid Dame Marie, callit 
and requyrit heirto. Sic ftihfcribitur. Ita eft vt f remittitur Magifter 
Jacolru^ Maitland notarius publicum, tejie ficjno meo et Ji^criptione 
manuali. 

Wpoun the fyft day of Januar, the geir of God I"* V Ixxxvij geiris. 
In prefens of me noter publift, and witneffes vnder writtin. Dame 
Jane Stewart Countes of Argyle, being as appeirit to me feik in 
bodie and haill infpreit, and perfyt in rememberance, appreifit, affermit, 
and baid at the frie gift and liberall difpofitioun of all hir guidis, 
geir, and Latterwill, whairof the tennour followis : BE it Kend till all 
men be thir prefent lettres, We Dame Jane Stewart Countes of Ar- 
gyle, being now at the plefour of Almychtie God feiklie and difeifit 
in our perfoune bot haill in fpreit, thankis be to God thairfoir; 
And feing thair is nathing mair certane than deith, nor mair incertan 
than the tyme ; Willing thairfoir, in the meane tyme, to prouyde our 
wardlie effaires in caife of our deceife at the gude plefour of God, thair- 
foir to haif maid, nominat, and conftitut, and be the tennour heirof 
norainatis, makis, and conftitutis our weilbelouit feruitrice, and maift 
fpeciall friend Katrene Hammiltoun, fpous to Capitane James Bruce, 
irreuocabill executrix, and onlie intromeffatrix with all and findrie 



1587. APPENDIX. 77 

our guidis, geir, dettis, infycht plenefing, and vtheris quhatfumewer 
pertening to ws be onie mauer of way, leifand and difponand the famyn 
to hir per liberam difpofitionem inter vivos ; and that in recompence of 
hir trew and thankfinll fe«uice done to ws thir mony geiris bygane, 
and for fatiffaftioun of all maner of fowmes, dettis, lies, and vtheris 
that we ar auchtand to hir for onie occafioun bygane ; with power to 
hir to intromet with, vptak, a(k, craif, and reflaue the famyn, iife and 
difpone thairvpoun as hir awin proper guidis and geir at hir plelbur. 
And this to all and findrie quhome it effeiris we mak knawin be thir 
prefentis, fubfcryvit with our hand at Edinburgh the faxt day of 
May, the geir of God I™ V Ixxxvij geiris befoir thir witneffis, 
Mr. Henry M'^Calgean of Cliftounhall aduocat, Mathew Ham- 
miltoun, and Mr. George Makiefoune noter publift, heirto requyrit. 
Sic Juhjcribitur Countes of Argyle, Mr. Henry M'-Cdzane witnes with 
my hand, Mailiew Hammiltoun of Auchinlochane witness. Eodem die 

Juprcdid:, inenjeque et anno predid:., et coram tejUbus prenorninatis, di6ta 
Katherina Hammiltoun fuper Jingidis premijis a me notario publico J'uh- 

Jcripto Jibi fieri peciit iii/trumentum in vberiori forma extenden., Im-am 
circiter cjuartam pojl meridiem. Ita eft Georgius Makiefone notarius 
pid)licus in premijfis rogatus manu Jua. Maid to Katrene Hammil- 
toun hir weilbelouit feruitrice, and fpous to Capitane James Bruce, 
to be gude, valid and eiFeduall, and wald on nawayis alter the 
famyn nor na pairt theirof vtherwayis nor fcho had done vjjone 
the fext and tuentie day of December in this inftant geir of God 
jm yc Ixxxvij geiris, befoir me noter publi6t, conforme till hir vther 
Latter Will than maid, quhilk fcho alfua ratifeit, and reuokit all 
vtheris ; and theirfoir willit the faid Katrene to do as the faid Dame 



78 APPENDIX. 1587- 

Jane had commatidit. Quhairvpoun the faidKatrene alkit inftrumentis 
ane or ma fra me noter publi6t \iider writtin. And this was done in 
the laid Dame Janes ludgeing in William Cockyis foirland in the 
Cannogait, day and geir foirfaid at xj houris befoir nvne of the faid day 
or thairby, Befoir thir witneffis George Home of Broxmouth, Thomas 
Flemyng burges of Edinburgh, William Nifbet of Newtoun-Leis 
and William Clarkfone in Pincartoun, callit and requyrit heirto. Sic 
fubfci'ibitm: Ita eft ut p-emittitur magijler Jacobus Maitland notarius 
publiais, tejlejigno meo etj^ubfcriptimie manuali. 

We Mr. John Preftoun, &c. be the tennour heirof Ratifeis appreuis 
and conferrals this prefent Teftament and Inuentav, in lafar as the 
famyn is deulie and laufulie maid, of the guidis and geir aboue fpeci- 
feit allanerlie, and geuis and committis the intromiffioun with the 
famyn to the faid Katrene Hammiltoun onlie executrix teftamentar 
to the faid umquhile Dame Jane Stewart Countes of Argyle, referuand 
compt to be maid be hir tlierof as accordis of the law ; and fcho being 
fworne, has maid fayth treulie to exerce the faid office, and hes fundin 
cautioun that the gudis and geir foirfaidis falbe furthcumand to 
all parteis haifand interes as law will, as ane aft maid therupoun 
beiris. 



1588. APPENDIX. 79 

11. The Testament Dative, and Inventar of the Guidis, Geir &c. 
pertening to umquhile Dame Annas Keyth, Countas of Argyle and 
Murray, relift of umqubile Colene Erie of Argyle &c-. — 16 Jul. 1588. 

The Teftament datiue, and Inuentar of the guidis, geir, fowmes of 
money, and dettis pertening to vmquhile ane rycht honourabill and 
potent Ladie Dame Annas Keyth, Countes of Argyle and Murray, 
reli6t of vmquhile ane nobill and potent Lord Colene Erie of Argyle, 
Lord Campbell and Lome &c. the tyme of hir deceis, quha deceiffit 
in the toun of Edinburgh vpoun the xvj day of July the geir of God 
jm yc ixxxviij geiris, ffaythfuUie maid and gevin vp be ane nobill 
and potent Lord Archibald Erie of Argyle, Lord Campbell and 
Lome, hir lauchfuU fone, Colene Campbell of Lundie hir fecund 
fone, and Maiftres Anna Campbell hir lauchfuU dochter, executouris 
datiues decemit to thair faid vmquhile moder be decreit of the Com- 
mifferis of Edinburgh, and onlie acceptaris of the faid office in and 
vpoun tham, with adwyfe of James Keyth their faftour and chalmer- 
lane, haifing commiffioun and power for his enterefs, as the famyn 
decreit of the dait at Edinburgh the tent day of November the geir 
of God I" V'= Ixxxix geiris at lenth proportis ; becaus Dame Eliza- 
beth Stewart Countes of Murray, lauchfuU dochter to the faid vmqu- 
hile nobill Ladie, the vther executrix datiue decemit to hir, is be 
decreit of the Commifferis of Edinburgh fecludit fra the faid office 
of executrie vpoun the xxvj day of Junij the geir of God 1" V Ixxxxi 
geii-is, as the famyn at lenth beiris. 

In the firft, the faid vmquhile nobill and potent Lady Dame Annas 



80 APPENDIX. 1588. 

Keyth, Countes of Argyle and Mm-ray, relift of vmquhile ane nobill 
and potent Lord Colene Erie of Argyle, Lord Campbell and Lome 
&c. had the guidis geir, fowmes of money, and dettis of the awaill 
and prices efter following pertening to hir as hir awin proper guidis 
and geir the tyme of hir deceis foirfaid viz. Item in vtencilis and do- 
raicilis with filuer wark and abuilgementis of the faid vmquhile 
nobill and potent Ladyis bodie eftimat and extending be juftcalcula- 
tioun to the fowme of thrie hundreth threttie thrie pundis yj s. viij d. 
Summa of the Inuentar, iij<= xxxiij lib. vj s. viij d. 

FoLLOWis the Dettis awin to the faid vmquhile nobill 
and potent Lady. 

"Item, ther was awin to the faid vmquhile nobill and potent 
Ladie Dame Annas Keyth, Countes of Argyle and Murray, reli6k of 
vmquhile ane nobill and potent Lord Colene Erie of Argyle, Lord 
Campbell and Lome, &c. be George Dunbar of Afklifk chamerlane 
of the erledome of Murray for the half filuer maillis of the fifchings 
of Spey, reften of the croppis and geii-is of God I™ V"^ Ixxxvj and 
Ixxxvij geiris, reften the fowme of ij™ iiij'' xiiij lib. iiij s. x d. Item, 
awin be William M'^Kendowie perfone of AlTent, chalmerlane to the 
faid nobill Ladie, of the landis of Pettie, Braichlie, Stratherne, and 
Stranarne, the fowme of iij*^ Ix lib. money. Item, awin to the faid 

vmquhile nobill Ladie be Alexander Stewart of Ballachmertyne 
hir feruand and takkifman for his tak of the toun and landis of 
Quhytemyre, of the croppis and geiris of God I" V= Ixxxvj and 
Ixxxvij geiris, and for his half ferme of the Ixxxviij geiris crope, and 



1588. APPENDIX. 81 

for his tak of the fifcheing of the Slewye Puill, and tak of Cockettfeall 
of the crope and geir of God 1°" V'' Ixxxvij geiris, and for the half 
filuer maillis of Coquetfeall and Slewye Puill of the crope and geir 
of God I°» V Ixxxviij geiris, according to the compt laid and ex- 
aminat the fowme of vj"^ Ixxxiij lib. money. Item, mair awin to 
the faid Tmquhile nobill and potent Ladie be the faid Alexander 
Stewart of Ballachmertyne, be vertew of ane obligatioun maid be 
him of the dait at Darneway the penult day of November, the geir 
of God I™ V'= Ixxxvj geiris, the fowme of j*^ Ixvj lib. xj s. iiij d. 
Item, awin to the faid nobill Ladie be Hanife Wode hir officer and 
intromittour with hir leving of the landis and barronie of Fintres, the 
fowme of iij<^ Ixxxiiij lib. xj s. v d. Item, mair awin to the faid nobill 
Ladie be Alexander Menteyth hir chalmerlane of Campbell, the 
fowme of j*^ Ixxxj lib. xij s. vj d. Item, mair awin to the faid nobill 
Ladie be hir feruitour Chairlis Campbell of Kilbryde, hir chalmerlane 
of Calflayth and Skyi^anatfche, the fowme of vj<= Ixxvj lib. iij s. iiij d. 
Item, awin be Artliour Stratoun of Myretoun, chalmerlane of Ilefgrig, 
conforme to his compt, the fowme of Ixxvj lib. iiij s. x d. money. 
Item, mair awin to the faid nobill Ladie be George Baird of Auchin- 
madin, conforme to his compt fubfcryvit with his awin hand, the 
fowme of Iij lib. vij s. viij d. Item, awin be the laird of Pitmadin 
for the maillis and dewteis of his tak of the tonn and landis of 
AUathan, reften the Witfounday and Mertymes termes in annis I™ 
V*^ Ixx, Ixxj, Ixxij, Ixxiij, Ixxiiij, Ixxv, Ixxvj, Ixxvij, Ixxviij, Ixxix, 
Ixxx, Ixxxj, Ixxxij, Ixxxiij, Ixxxiiij, Ixxxv, Ixxxvj, Ixxxvij, and 
Witfounday terme in anno I™ V Ixxxviij geiris, extending geirlie 
to XX lib., Summa iij*= Ixx lib. money. Item, mair awin to the faid 

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82 APPENDIX. 1588. 

vmquhile nobill and potent Ladie, be ane nobill and potent Lord 
Johne Erie of Mars Lord Erfkine, &c. conforme to his obligatioun, 
the fowme of vj'' Ixvj lib. xiij s. iiij d. Item, mair awin to the faid 
nobill Ladie be Adame Bifchope of Orknay, commendatour of Haly- 
rudhous, and Dame Margaret Murray hir fpous, and Andi-o Stevin- 
fone merchand burges of Edinburgh, thair cautioner, the fowme of 
■vj" Ixvj lib. xiij s. iiij d. Item, awin to the faid nobill Ladie be the 
tennentis, takifmen, and parochinaris of the parochin of Ilifgrig, for 
thair teindis of the faid parochin, pertening to the faid vmquhile 
nobill and potent Ladie as takifwoman thairof, reften the crope and 
geiris of God I™ V^ Ixxviij geiris, xxj bollis, tua firlottis quheit, price 
of the boll iij lib. ; xiij boUis, tua firlottis beir, price of the boll xiij s. 
and ixxj boUis, ane firlott teind meill, price of the boll xxxiij s. iiij d ; 
Summa ij*^ Ixxij lib. x s. Item, mair awin to the faid nobill and potent 
Ladie be the faidis tennentis, takifmen, and parochinaris of Ilifgrig, 
for thair teindis of the faid parochin pertening to the faid vmquhile 
nobill and potent Ladie as takifwoman thairof, reften the crope and 
geir of God I" V Ixxix geiris, xxv boUis, ane furlett quheit, price 
of the boll iij lib. ; Iviij bollis beir, price of the boll xl s. ; and fyve 
fcoir ten bollis, tua firlottis meill, price of the boll xxxiij s. iiij d ; 
Summa iij" Ixxvj lib. v s. money. Item, mair awin to the faid nobill 
and potent Ladie be the faidis tennentis, takifmen, and parochineris of 
Ilifgrig, for thair teindis of the faid parochin pertening to the faid vm- 
quhile nobill and potent Ladie as takkifwoman thairof, reften tlie crope 
and geir of God I"" V'= Ixxx geiris, xxviij bollis, thrie firlottis teind 
quheit, price of the boll iiij lib. ; fyve fcoir four bollis ane furlett teind 
beir, price of the boll Iiij s. iiij d ; and fyve fcoir ten bollis, thrie firlottis 



1588. APPENDIX. 83 

teind meill, price of the boll xl s ; Summa vj<= xiiij lib. x s. Item, 
awin to the faid vmquhile nobill and potent Ladie be the faidis 
tennentis, takifmen, and parochineris of Ilifgrig, for thair teindis of 
the faid parochin pertening to the faid vmquhile nobill and potent 
Ladie as takkifwoman thairof, reften the crope and geir of God I™ V^ 
Ixxxj geiris, xxv bollis, tua firlottis teind quheit, price of the boll 
liij s. iiij d ; Ixix bollis teind beir, price of the boll xl s ; and Ixij bollis 
teind meill, price of the boll xxx s ; Summa ij*^ Ixxxxix lib. Item, 
awin to the faid vmquhile nobill and potent Ladie be the faidis ten- 
nentis, takifmen and parochineris of Ilifgrig, for thair teindis of the 
faid parochin pertening to the faid vmquhile nobill and potent Ladie 
as takifwoman thairof, reften the crope and geir of God I" V'^ Ixxxij 
geiris, xxvilj bollis ane furlett quheit, price of the boll 1 s ; Ixxiiij 
bollis, ane furlett teind beir, price of the boll xxxiij s. iiij d ; and fax 
fcoir XV bollis, tua firlottis teind meill, price of the boll xxvj s. viiij d ; 
Summa iij'^ Ixxv lib. x d. Item, awin to the faid vmquhile nobill and 
potent Ladie be the faidis tennentis, takifmen, and parochineris of 
Ilifgrig for thair teindis of the faid parochin pertening to the faid 
vmquhile nobill and potent Ladie as takifwoman thairof, reften the 
crope and geir of God I"" V^ Ixxxiij geiris xxvj bollis 3 firlottis quheit, 
price of the boll iij lib. ; Ixxv bollis tua firlottis teind beir, price of the 
boll xxx s ; and Ixxxxix bollis tua firlottis teind meilJ, price of the 
boll ourheid xxx s ; Summa iij'^ xlij lib. xv s. Item, awin be Cliarlis 
Campbell of Kilbryd, chalmerlane to the faid nobill Ladie, of the 
landis of Skippinitfche and Killaflyd in Argyle for the half fermes of 
the faidis landis of the crope and geir of God I"" V« Ixxxviij geiris, 
Ivj bollis, tua firlottis beir, price of the boll xl s ; and Ixv bollis ane 



84 APPENDIX. 1588. 

furlett meill, price of the boll ourheid xl s ; Summa ij' xliij lib. x s. 
Item, mair awin to tlie faid \Tnquhile nobill and potent Ladie be the 
tennentis and occupiaris of the landis of the Erledome of Murray, 
for thair half ferme of the faidis landis of the crope and geir of God 
I™ V^ Ixxxviij geiris, tuelf chalderis tuelf bollis quheit, price of the 
boll liij s. iiij d ; Summa v" xliiij lib. Item, mair awin to the faid 
nobill Ladie be the tennentis and occupiaris of the landis of the 
Erledome of Murray, for thair half ferme beir of the crope and geir 
of God I'" V"' Ixxxviij geiris, ten chalderis four bollis tua fu'lottis beir, 
price of the boll xl s ; Summa iij*^ xxviij lib. Item, reften awin to 
the faid ■\anquhile nobill and potent Ladie be the tennentis and occu- 
piaris of the landis of the biflioprick of Murray, for the half fermes 
of the crope and geir of God I™ V*^ Ixxxviij geiris, fevin chalderis, 
xij bollis beir, price of the boll ourheid xl s ; Summa ij<^ xlviij lib. 
money. Item, awin to the faid nobill and potent Ladie be the ten- 
nentis and occupiaris of the landis of the bifchoprik of Murray, for 
thair half fermes aittis of the crope and geir of God I" V" Ixxxviij 
geiris, xxij bollis tua firlottis aittis, price of the boll xxvj s. viij d ; 
Summa xxx lib. money. Item, mair awin to the faid vmquhile nobill 
and potent Ladie be the tennentis and occupiaris of the landis of the 
Erledome of Murray, for thair half fermes aittis of the crope and geir 
of God I™ Y'^ Ixxxviij geiris, thrie chalderis fyve bollis thrie firlettis 
aittis, price of the boll xxvj s. viij d ; Summa Ixxj lib. xiij s. iiij d. 
Item, mair awin to the faid vmquhile nobill and potent Ladie be the 
tennentis and occupiaris of the landis of Campbell, Muckkart, and 
Kinnedder, for thair half ferme beir of the crope and geir of God 
jm v'= Ixxxviij geiris, Ixxxxij bollis, tua peckis beir, price of the boll 



1588. APPENDIX. 85 

xl s ; Summa j^ Ixxxiiij lib. v s. Item, mair awin to the faid vm- 
quhile nobill and potent Ladie be the tennentis and occupiaris of the 
landis of Campbell, Muckkart, and Kinnedder, for thair half ferme 
meill of the crope and geir of God I"" V*^ Ixxxviij geiris, Ixviij 
boUis ferme meill, price of the boll ourheid xl s. Summa j« xxxvj lib. 
money. Item, awin be the tennentis and occupiaris of the landis of 
the manis of Campbell and Kynnedder, for thair half fermes of the 
crope and geir of God !■" V'= Ixxxviij geiris, aucht fcoir thrie boUis 
ferme aittis, price of the boUxxvj s. viij d; Summa ij'= xvij lib. vj s. viij d. 

Summa of the dettis awin to the laid vmquhile nobill and 
potent Ladie . . x"" ix'= Ixxxj lib. 

Summa of the Inuentar with tlie 

dettis . . xj™ iijc xiiij lib. vj s. viij d. 

FoLLOWis the Dettis awin to the faid vmquhile nobill and 
potent Lady. 

Item thair wes awin to the faid vmquhile nobill and potent Ladie, 
Dame Annas Keyth, Countes of Argyle and Murray, relid of vm- 
quhile ane nobill and potent Lord, Colene Erie of Argyle, Lord 
Campbell and Lome &c. to Jonet Cornuell, reli6b of vmquhile Gil- 
bert M'Quhirrie merchand burges of Edinburgh, for the reft of half 
ane geiris maill of hir ludgeing in Edinburgh, the fowTne of j<= xvj lib. 
xviij s. money. Item awin to Thomas Dikfoun apothecar burges 
of Edinburgh, for droggis and medicamentis beftowit vpoun the faid 
nobill and potent Ladie, and for his panes and trauellis takin on hir 
the tyme of hir feiknes immediatlie preceding hir deceife, the fowme 



86 APPENDIX. 1588. 

of jc lib. ix s. Item, awin to Gilbert Primroife, cbyrurgiane burges 

of Edinburgh, for his panes and trauellis taken on the faid nobill and 

potent Ladle, and droggis and medicamentis beftowit on hir the tyme 

of hir feiknes, immediatlie preceding hir deceis the fovvine of xxvj lib. 

xiij §. iiij d. Item, awin to Mr. Johnne Craig, doftour in medicine, 

for his panes and trauellis takin on the faid nobill and potent Ladie 

the tyme of hir feiknes immediatlie preceding hir deceis, the fowme 

of xl lib. money. Item, awin to James Keyth, feruitour to the faid 

nobill and potent Ladie for ane 3eiris fie, the fowme of j<^ lib. money. 

Item, awin to Adam Archibald, hir feruitour, for ane 3eiris fie, the 

fowme of xxxiij lib. vj s. viij d. Item, awin to George Kinrofs, 

feruand for ane geiris fie, the fowme of xxvj lib. xiij s. iiij d. Item, 

awin to Mariorie Gray, gentilwoman feruitrix to the faid nobill Ladie, 

for ane geiris fie, the fowme of xxvj lib. xiij s. iiij d. Item, awin to 

Katherine Duthie Laidinfter feruand, for ane geiris fie, the fowme 

of xvj merkis. Item, awin to Annas Dumbar for hir geiris fie, the 

fowme of xxvj lib. xiij s. iiij d. Item, awin to Adame Gairdner, 

broufter and baxter, for his geiris fie, the fowme of xx lib. money. 

Item, awin to Johnne M'^Kilandreis, cuik, for his geiris fie, the fowme 

of XX lib. money. Item, awin to John M'Rayth, porter, for his geiris 

fie, the fowme of xiiij lib. Item, awin to Dugall Campbell, feruitor, 

for his fie ane geir, the fowme of xxvj lib. xiij s. iiij d. Item, awin 

to John Ruflell, pantrie man, for his geiris fie, the fowme of xiij lib. 

vj s. viij d. Item, awin to Alexander Meingeis, foirman in the 

kitching, for his geiris fie, the fowme of x lib. money. Item, awin 

to Robert the wefchell man, for his geiris fie, the fowme of 

X lib. money. Item, awin to William Oyt, allacay to the laid 



1588. APPENDIX. 87 

nobill Ladie, for his 3eiris fie, the fowme of xiij lib. vj s. viij d. Item, 
awin to Harie Hay, fchirtoun boy, for his geiris fie, the fowme of 
xiij lib. vj s. viij d. Item, awin to Duncane Gauld, feiuand, for bis 
geiris fie, the fowme of x lib. money. Item, awin to James Cunnyng- 
hame, feruand, for his geiris fie, the fowme of xl lib. money. Item 
awin to Alexander Monteyth, chalmerlane of Campbell, for ane geiris 
fie, the fowme of xl lib. money. Item awin to John Bonar, leruand, 
for his geiris fie, the fowme of xl lib. money. Item awin to George 
Dunbar, chalmerlane of Murray, for ane geiris fie, the fowme of Ixvj lib. 
xiij s. iiij d. Item awin to Johne Steill, perfone of Dolour, for his tak 
of the teindfchauis of Dolour, reften tua termes, the fowme of Ixxx lib. 
money. Item awin to the abbot of Dunfermeling, for the few maillis 
of ouer and nether manis of Dolour, reften tua termes preceiding 
the faid vmquhile nobill Ladies deceis, the fowme of Ixxxxiij lib. x s. 
Item awin to the Bifchope of Dunkeld, for the few maillis of the 
landis of Campbell, reften the termes of Witlbunday and Mertymes, 
in the geir of God I" V'= Ixxxvij geiris, the fovrme of xx lib. money. 
Item awin to the Bifchope of San6t Androis, for the few maillis of 
the landis of Muckart, reften the Witfounday and Mertymes in anno 
jm yc Ixxxvij geiris, the fowme of j<' i lib. x s. viij d. Item awin to 
the Bifchope of Murray, for the few maillis of the bifchroprik of 
Murray, reften the Witfounday and Mertymes termes, in anno I"' 
V'= Ixxxvij geiris the fowme of vij^ xlviij lib. money. Item awin to 
William M'=Indowey, perfone of Affent, chalmerlane to the faid no- 
bill Ladie, of hir landis of Pettey, Strathnarne, and Strathairne, 
for ane geiris fie, the fowme of xl lib. money. 



88 APPENDIX. 1588. 

Summa of the dettis awin be the faid vmquhile nobill and 
potent Ladie, . . j"' ix"^ Ixviij lib. vj s. viij d. 

Reftis of fiie geir, the dettis de- 

ducit . . ix™ iijc xlvj lib. 

Na divifioun. 
Ji_ Quhairof the quot is componit for j*^ lib. 

We, Maifteris John Prefloun &c. vnderftanding that efter dew fum- 
moning and lawful! warning maid be forme of edift oppinlie, as effeiris, 
of the executouris and intromettouris with the gudis and geir of the 
faid umquhile Dame Annas Keyth and of utheris haifand enteres to 
conipeir judicialie befoir ws &c., We decernit therintill, as our de- 
creit gevin therupoun beiris. Conforme to the quhilk, We in our fove- 
. rane Lordis name and audoritie makis, conftitutis, ordanis, and con- 
firmis the faidis Archibald Erie of Argyle, Lord Campbell and Lome 
&;c., and Coline Campbell of Lundie, and Maiftres Anna Campbell in 
executouris datives to the faid umquhile Dame Annas Keyth, Countes 
of Argyle and Murray, thair moder, as onlie acceptaris of the faid 
office upoun thame, in refpeft that the faid Dame Elizabeth Mur- 
ray, the feird of the faidis executouris, is be our decreit fecludit fra all 
ufeinff of the faid office &c. &c.